In your opinion, are there any negative incidents Hellen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life? 

In your opinion, are there any negative incidents Hellen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life?

 

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mrshh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Helen Keller had many challenges in her life, which she wrote about candidly in her autobiography, The Story of My Life.  I will highlight some of those challenges below.  You will have to decide for yourself if you find those challenges to be bad or negative.

-  Helen became blind and deaf due to a childhood illness when she was a toddler.  She described this incident as one which "closed [her] eyes and ears and plunged [her] into the unconsciousness of a new-born baby."  As Helen grew into a little girl, she struggled to communicate with those around her.  She often could not, and became frustrated.  This frustration caused her to have fits of rage.

-  The winter when Helen was eleven "was darkened by one cloud in [her] childhood's bright sky."  Helen wrote a whimsical story called "The Frost King."  She was accused of plagiarism because her story was very similar to another one.  Helen had not intentionally plagiarized, and she was devastated by the accusations.

-  When Helen was sixteen, her father died.  His passing was her "first great sorrow--[her] first personal experience with death."

-  A dear friend of Helen's, Mr. John P. Spaulding, died when she was fifteen.  She described his death as being "the greatest sorrow that [she had] ever borne, except the death of [her] father."