Justify the title of the book The Story of My Life by Helen Keller.

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jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Story of My Life has several meanings. It is, first, the account of Helen Keller's life, from her birth, the illness when she was 18 months old that robbed her of her sight and hearing, her work with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, to her education. It is the story of her remarkable growth in difficult circumstances. 

The title is also a fitting one because Anne Sullivan helped give Helen Keller back her life. While Keller was clearly a bright person, she was stymied and frustrated, as her parents did not know how to help her. It was not until Sullivan arrived and taught Keller how to use American Sign Language signed into her palm that Keller truly began to live and flourish again. Anne Sullivan gave Keller the opportunity to live a full, if difficult, life, and Keller had the intelligence and perseverance to do so. Keller went on to live a very full life, attending Radcliffe College, writing, and meeting some of the most important figures of her day. 

mrshh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The book The Story of My Life is an autobiography about the life of Helen Keller.  The title tells exactly what it is about.  Helen writes about the real events in her life in a narrative form.  She tells about her experiences as a deaf and blind person, as well as about her innovative education.  She writes about her life from birth until her early twenties in the book.  

Helen describes her autobiography as being "the history of [her] life."  In writing her book, Helen had to decide what parts of her life to include and what not to include.  She attempts "to present in a series of sketches only the episodes that seem... to be the most interesting and important."  For example, Helen summarizes the first seven years of her life in three chapters.  She writes in detail about the next year of her life (the first year that Miss Sullivan was her teacher) in chapters four through eight.

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