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What was life like for Helen Keller in the village that she visited during the winter as told in The Story of My Life. 

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

Posted October 2, 2013 at 11:03 AM (Answer #1)

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Helen Keller explains in The Story of My Life, how she learns from many experiences and events. Some experiences thrill her and others instill fear into her but she learns from them all. Following "my soul's sudden awakening" (ch 5) Helen continues to reveal her independent nature and "the more joyous and confident grew my sense of kinship with the rest of the world." Helen even acknowledges the benefit of "nameless terror" and learns "a new lesson."

She relishes her winters spent in "the North" and the unfamiliarity of the landscape after the snow - even though "All life seemed to have ebbed away"(ch 12). The New England village exposes Helen to a different kind of "desolate solitude, shut in from all communication with the outside world." It does not scare her or make her feel alone but invigorates her and "thrilled us with a vague terror."

There is a feeling of freedom for Helen as she spends her time tobogganing with Miss Sullivan to the point that "we felt ourselves divine!"

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