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Helen Keller's life before she fell ill was a happy one. Give reasons, based on her...

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Helen Keller's life before she fell ill was a happy one. Give reasons, based on her autobiography, The Story of My Life,  to support this statement.

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM (Answer #1)

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The name Helen Keller is associated with a hugely influential woman. It seems almost ironic that she has such a loud "voice" when it comes to facing challenges, recognizing them, accepting them and never using them as an excuse for failure. As a blind and deaf child, Helen met with many frustrations in her attempt to communicate. Having lost her sight and hearing whilst she was still a baby - at 19 months- and before she could even claim to have a vocabulary- Helen, faced several years of loneliness before Ann Sullivan arrived.

However, Helen recounts her fond memories of her home and particularly the garden which "was the paradise of my childhood". Helen was too young to remember much and it is more related to her "sense" of belonging; her ability to still find her way around her garden after her illness as recounted by her that

I recognized it by its leaves and blossoms, and knew it was the vine which covered the tumble-down summer-house at the farther end of the garden!

and her ability to somehow understand the extent of her family's efforts to help her after her illness and how her parents strived to find solutions, that allow the reader to appreciate the family environment she must have enjoyed before her illness.

 

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