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From The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, how did the garden with the flowers and trees offer solace and comfort to Helen?

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

Posted June 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM (Answer #1)

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The Story of My Life is the autobiographical account of Helen Keller's early life as she struggles to make a future for herself outside of her "silent, aimless, dayless life."(Ch 2)   

Until her illness, Helen's life is much like any other newborn and first addition to the family. "I came, I saw, I conquered." After her illness, Helen finds solace in the garden which is "the paradise of my childhood." Especially after a temper tantrum - and there are many of those - Helen loves to feel "my hot face in the cool leaves and grass."(Ch 1)

The familiar smells in the garden help Helen to reconnect and the touch fees "so soft" that she wonders whether they compare to God's garden. Helen gets immense pleasure recognizing the summer house from the vines. Helen also likes to spend time outside with Martha Washington, hunting for guinea fowl eggs in the garden, milking cows . Such events make her early childhood as normal as it can be.

Helen remembers the day Ann Sullivan who will "set my spirit free" comes and the significance of the garden is not lost as "my fingers lingered almost unconsciously."(Ch 4) 

Helen's love of the garden and its ability to comfort her and console her will never change.

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