In her autobiography, The Story of My Life, Helen Keller recounts many of the incidents of the first twenty two years of her life that shape her and help to make her into the adult she becomes although she admits that some events may "have been forgotten in the excitement of great discoveries." (Ch 1)The Story of My Life is NOT a novel, as it is a true account of incidents and occurrences unlike a novel which has a "true life" element but is a work of fiction (not real).
It seems that the most memorable events in Helen's young life include her discovery of the word "W-A-T-E-R" and its true meaning. To Helen it is not only " the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand" but it rouses her "soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!" (Ch 4)
Another incident, by contrast, that is poignant due to the impact it has on Helen, is the effect of the changing weather when she is alone in a tree. It highlights the complete isolation of her condition as she realizes that her beloved nature "wages open war against her children, and under softest touch hides treacherous claws." (Ch 5) However, in the true spirit of Helen Keller, this incident serves to strenghten her resolve as , sometime much later, in the Spring, she is encouraged to climb into the Mimosa tree which, despite her previous encounter, becomes "my tree of paradise."