How is The Story of My Life by Hellen Keller a source of inspiration and entertainment? 

How is The Story of My Life by Hellen Keller a source of inspiration and entertainment?

 

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Many people have been inspired by Helen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life.  This book has been inspiring others to persevere in difficult circumstances for over one hundred years.  

Helen Keller was deaf and blind for a large portion of her childhood.  She not only learned how to communicate and read with the help of her teacher, Miss Sullivan, but she also became a successful writer.  She completed school and college.  She even learned how to speak.  Helen had to work extremely hard to accomplish all these things.  

The Story of My Life was filled with Helen's inspirational words about her journey.  Helen wrote about her teacher and how the woman made learning a beautiful thing:

It was because she seized the right moment to impart knowledge that made it so pleasant and acceptable to me.  She realized that a child's mind is like a shallow brook which ripples and dances merrily over the stony course of its education and reflects here a flower, there a bush, yonder a fleecy cloud; and she attempted to guide my mind on its way, knowing that like a brook it should be fed by mountain streams and hidden springs, until it broadened out into a deep river, capable of reflecting in its placid surface, billowy hills, the luminous shadows of trees and the blue heavens, as well as the sweet face of a little flower.

Miss Sullivan also served as an inspiration to others.  She was determined to teach Helen, and she did not give up when things were challenging.  Helen wrote about Miss Sullivan's determination in her book.

Helen Keller wrote her book in a narrative form.  She included many stories and anecdotes.  She described in detail her visit to the World's Fair, and everything she was able to experience there.  Helen's stories made the book entertaining to read.

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