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From The Story of My Life, what happened as a result of Helen's inability to express herself?

 

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

Posted June 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM (Answer #1)

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Helen Keller's life is one of success and achievement against overwhelming odds. As a woman at the turn of the nineteenth century and as a disabled person, she was able to realize her dreams and help so many others in the process.

However, as recalled in The Story of My Life, her autobiographical account of the first twenty two years of her life, there are many instances when Helen exhibits violent tendencies with outbursts that would scare many. Fortunately, Helen's very outbursts which   "occurred daily, sometimes hourly"(Ch III) drive her parents to seek advice from all sources in their quest to help their daughter communicate better thus opening doors. Helen's interview with the renowned Alexander Graham Bell "would be the door through which I should pass from darkness into light."(Ch III)  

The outbursts show a side of Helen that, left alone could have had very different consequences. Her family though supportd her even when she attempts to throw Mildred, her baby sister out of the cradle reserved for Helen's beloved doll Nancy. Luckily Helen's mother caught the baby and Helen is taught the value of relationships and once she is  "restored to my human heritage"(ChII) and able to understand the value of real relationships , Helen and Mildred "grew into each other's hearts."

Helen also takes pleasure out of upsetting Ann Sullivan but Ann is ultimately the person who will "set my spirit free" and no amount of cleaning up after Helen or putting up with her nastiness stops her.

 

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