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In The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, does the writer compare the climbing roses of "the greenhouses of the North" with the "asphodels of God's garden?"

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

Posted November 9, 2013 at 4:21 AM (Answer #1)

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The Story of My Life by Helen Keller is the autobiographical account of the first twenty two years of Helen's life such as she remembers her experiences and tries to lift " the veil that clings about my childhood like a golden mist."(ch 1) Helen recalls how, after being left blind and deaf after an illness as a baby, she takes solace in the garden which is "the paradise of my childhood."(ch 1) Helen's life becomes confusing and her "silent, dayless, aimless" life is made less frustrating when she finds comfort in "the cool leaves and grass" after one of many temper tantrums which she has because she cannot communicate. The garden will always be a special place for Helen as she can smell and feel the familiarity and, in the garden she feels independent because she can at least recognize the "tumble-down summer-house" by the vines she finds there. 

Helen's home is in the South and she is particularly fond of the climbing roses and. after all her visits to the North, she has never found such "heart-satisfying" and beautiful roses as those that surround her own home in the South. Helen finds them most spectacular in the early morning with the fresh dew on them and they are "so soft, so pure" that she compares them to " the asphodels of God's garden." Thus it is the roses in her own garden, not the roses of the "greenhouses of the North," that Helen compares to the "asphodels of God's garden."

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