Masterplots II: Juvenile & Young Adult Biography Series The Story of My Life Analysis
The Story of My Life is more an account of Keller’s intellectual growth than an indepth look at her early years. As a result, Keller highlights those moments in her life that shaped her, particularly those relating to language acquisition and learning to speak and read. For example, her most detailed sketches revolve around how Anne Sullivan helped her learn that objects have names and Keller’s own preparation for college. Often, Keller is vague about dates and does not provide the full names of people who have been important to her. At the same time, however, several chapters include detailed descriptions of the books she has read and her studies at the Cambridge School for Young Ladies and later at Radcliffe. Her reading, she claims, had been much more a part of her education than for most people because it was through books that she gained knowledge that others learn from seeing and hearing.
Although Keller provides some background information about her parents, she is mostly concerned with other people only as they contributed to her education, including such famous individuals as Alexander Graham Bell. Openly concerned that she not fictionalize her story, she rarely records conversations. She is also careful not to provide any details about the places she had visited or the people she had met that she could not remember accurately.
At the end of the book, Keller suggests that the story of her life has been created by her many friends. As a result of her indebtedness to others, her view of them is generally positive. Keller clearly...
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