Although I find Petronella a bad person, I find that her virtues are that of a "perfect human:" caring, optimistic, and nostalgic.
When offering that she and her husband sleep up stairs while the Franks stay downstairs, she displays how she is caring. "That isn't right. We'll sleep here and you take the room upstairs." (page 516). She especially cares for her son and husband, which roots the idea that her family motivates her: "You'll be alright, Peter? You're not afraid?" (page 517).
She is also optimistic, demonstrated by how she made the best out of the little cake that Miep brought them: "It’s been ages since I even saw a cake. Not since you brought us one last …show more content…
More often than not, pink expresses femininity and love, while the color green represents her main vice: greed. While the highlight color, yellow, shows how she is colorful and is rather energetic.
The first symbol is an hourglass, to represent the passage of time and the emotions that we see Mrs. Van Daan express, with the black sand representing when she becomes hysterical and self-righteous.
In addition, Petronella is sporting a swan brooch on her pink scarf. this is because the swan represents grace & elegance, which seems to something that the Van Daans value, as spoken by the narrator at the beginning of the play:. "...His clothes and overcoat are expensive and well cut. Mrs. Van Daan sits on the couch, clutching her possessions, a hatbox, bags,a etc. She is a pretty woman in her early forties. She wears a fur coat over her other clothes." (page 514)
She is also drawn with a gold handbag that reminds of how she gave up the future safety of herself and her family for her …show more content…
“I can’t stand it! I’ll kill myself! I’ll kill myself!” (page 562). She was most likely stressed because she has to adapt to limited resources, little space & privacy and having to take in Mr. Dussel. But by the end of the play, she seems straight up manipulative because she cares so much for her husband. After her husband steals food, she is led to be the villain because she only cared for her husband without recognizing what is wrong. This in general means that she unable to deal with reality and instead, wants life to play out in a happy way. So, . And Mrs. Van Daan is rolled out to excuse him: "He needs more food that the rest of us. he's used to more. He's a big man." (page