Are People Really Good At Heart

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Do you ever become filled with remorse when you do something hurtful to others? Everyone feels it at one point or another. Anne Frank, a Jew hiding in Amsterdam from the Nazis during World War II, believes this to be true. She truly believed that people were still good on the inside when something bad happened. She even stated in her diary, “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.” I also believe this to be true. In this essay, I will explain to you why I believe people still have a heart even when everything seems to be going wrong.
Throughout the play, bad things were happening everywhere. Jewish people were getting swept up off the street every day, and Amsterdam was swarming with Nazi soldiers. Inside the
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Van Daan’s heart wasn’t in the right place because he was being extremely dishonest and selfish. Actually, the book later revealed that Mr. Van Daan had been the one stealing food after all. Mr. Van Daan is an example of those who don’t seem good at heart, because he was being very selfish. Mr. Van Daan only wanted to get rid of the cat so that he would be out of his way. Additionally, Mr. Van Daan knew that his son, Peter, cared about his cat. Despite this fact, Mr. Van Daan still wanted to get rid of Mouschi (the cat) even though he would break his own son’s heart. Although this is evidence of someone who doesn’t seem to be good at heart, I still stick to my claim that people are truly good at heart. Mr. Van Daan may not be the best example of a good-hearted person, but one person does not define everybody. Many people are good at heart in so many ways. A small thing, like helping someone clean up a mess, can reveal a good-hearted person. For example, Anne Frank did many kind things, including on the first day of Hanukkah, when they were in hiding. She gave everyone (including Mr. Van Daan) a heartfelt gift. I continue to believe that people are still good at heart, whether they show it or

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