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Which qualities helped Helen Keller overcome her challenges?  

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Posted June 28, 2013 at 1:52 PM via web

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Which qualities helped Helen Keller overcome her challenges?

 

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Posted June 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM (Answer #1)

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Perhaps the most important quality we see in Keller's Story of My Life is perserverence, even stubbornness. We know, of course, that Keller faced almost unimaginable obstacles, but throughout the story, she was unwilling to let them keep her from achieving her goals. As she puts it:

My work was practice, practice, practice. Discouragement and weariness cast me down frequently; but the next moment the thought that I should soon be at home and show my loved ones what I had accomplished spurred me on, and I eagerly looked forward to their pleasure in my achievement.

She was also, of course, quite fearless, never shying away from participating in a society which was very difficult for her to participate in. She attends, for example, Radcliffe College, becoming the first blind and deaf person to earn a bachelor's degree. This also speaks to another quality of Keller's. She (and her family and friends, who made it possible) recognized the importance of education in overcoming her obstacles. She would go on to become a tireless advocate for the disabled as well as (though it is not much discussed in her autobiography) a fierce political radical.

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