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What is the plot diagram of The Story of My Life?

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kgillette | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 20, 2007 at 10:30 AM via web

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What is the plot diagram of The Story of My Life?

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 28, 2007 at 9:55 PM (Answer #1)

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Recall that a plot diagram looks like a mountain. It has a level base (exposition), ascends, (rising aciton) reaches a peak (climax), and descends to the "bottom" of the mountain, (falling action), and reaches a plateau again at the base, (resolution or "denoument").

Briefly, Helen Keller's story begins (the exposition) with the toddler in a world of deafness and blindness. Rising action includes the entry of Annie Sullivan into Helen's life. Sullivan gradually helps Helen's world open up by teaching her to communicate. The climax comes when she is finally able to not only communicate, but do so beautifully.

Falling action includes Helen attending college (with Sullivan in attendance at all classes) and the resolution credits all of those people, including Sulilvan, but many others as well, who helped Helen become a success personally and professionally.

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