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What  are the two most inspiring incidents in The Story of My Life by Helen Keller?

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Posted July 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM via web

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What  are the two most inspiring incidents in The Story of My Life by Helen Keller?

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

Posted July 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Imagining the "dayless" life that Helen Keller accepted as her everyday life, is enough to alarm anyone and the fact that she could not speak makes her story even more incredible. Communication is key to everything we do and misunderstandings abound; no less for Helen Keller who struggles in The Story of My Life to make herself understood. Her tantrums become daily "sometimes hourly" as her frustrations envelop her life.

Ann Sullivan could not have arrived at a more opportune time as Helen, a naturally inquisitive child, looks for answers. The most inspiring incident then is when Ann managed to make Helen understand that everything has a name and Helen recalls "the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand" - water! (Ch 4).

Another inspiring event is when Helen meets the other blind children when she visits the Perkins institute and experiences "What joy to talk with other children in my own language!" It is probably this spirit that makes Helen Keller an inspirational symbol. She refers to her "own language" as if it is a barrier that anyone might face and recognizes her challenges as part of her existence. Helen does not make excuses for her own shortcomings but learns from "life itself."       

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