Please give a character sketch of Annie Sullivan from The Story of My Life?

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Annie Sullivan is so instrumental in Helen Keller's life and her extraordinary progress, to the point that Helen recalls in The Story of My Life that Miss Sullivan is "so near to me that I scarcely think of myself apart from her." (ch 7) It is Miss Sullivan who teaches Helen in a style that suits her so that Helen enjoys learning "making every subject so real that I could not help remembering what she taught."(ch 7) Annie knows how to ensure that Helen reaches her potential. She even makes maps out of clay so that Helen can feel contours and details.

The book "Little Lord Fauntleroy" becomes one of Helen's favorites, introduced to her by Miss Sullivan who explains the words she knows Helen will struggle with, until she can understand. This requires enormous patience from Miss Sullivan as she "spells" the words into Helen's hand. Even as Helen attends college and others sometimes try to help with the spelling of the words ,"There was only one hand that could turn drudgery into pleasure."(ch 18) Annie Sullivan's dedication is unquestionable and unmatched. 


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