The Extreme Traits Of Mrs. Van Daan

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The extreme traits of Mrs. Van Daan.
“I can’t stand it! I’ll kill myself! I’ll kill myself, “ she screams just as the play is about to end. At the beginning of the play, Mrs. Van Daan seems like a reasonable and thankful character, but her true colors and flirtatious behavior starts showing very quickly. Along with her love for material objects over actual human connection, with the usual wild fits of extreme hysterica. It’s quite obvious that she is not coping well with her attic life by the statements she exclaims to everyone, and around everyone else in the attic. Mrs. Van Daan had a husband and a son. She was also a major flirt. On page 557, Mrs. Van Daan was telling Anne about how many boys she always had around her house when she was younger, obviously not for the first time as her husband lip synched her speech. She ends it with a quote directed to Mr. Frank, not her own husband. Mrs. Van Daan says, “...I still have ‘em. I may not be as pretty as I used to be, but I still have my legs. How about it, Mr. Frank?”. This is obviously inappropriate and rather flirtatious on her part. Of course, it doesn’t end there. Mrs. Van Daan’s attempts at flirting with Mr. Frank are obvious to the whole group in the attic, as she attempts multiple times. Her own son, Peter, gets embarrassed whenever she tries to seduce Mr. Frank, and Anne even wrote about it in her diary. She writes, “...To pause for a moment on the subject of Mrs. Van Daan. I must tell you that her attempts to flirt with father are getting her nowhere…”. Finally, a quote that clearly
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Van Daan is the farthest away from being a reasonable and understandable. Obviously, Mrs. Van Daan’s character is one that adds excitement to the story by being so extreme, which makes the story a little more interesting. Even though Mrs. Van Daan was quite a cruel, harsh character, it was still quite sad to find out that she was taken away at the end, and, unfortunately,

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