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The Story of My Life

The major theme in Helen Keller's The Story of My Life is that drive and resilience in the face of adversity can lead to success beyond anyone's expectations. Another theme in the book is how...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2017, 7:20 am (UTC)

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An illness when she was very young left Helen Keller unable to see or hear. As a very young child, she adapted to this situation, but as she got older and her brain continued to develop, her...

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Helen Keller is the main character in The Story of My Life which is a personal account of Helen's young life after she has a debilitating illness as a baby and is rendered blind and deaf. Annie...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2015, 6:26 am (UTC)

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Mildred was Helen Keller's younger sister, born when Helen was five. As most older siblings do, Helen regarded the newcomer as an "intruder." Mildred was, to Helen's mind, competition for her...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2018, 7:10 pm (UTC)

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Helen Keller faced many challenges in her life. She was deaf and blind, and for several years she could not communicate effectively. After she learned to communicate using the manual alphabet,...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016, 8:03 am (UTC)

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Defining characteristics help people identify traits that are particular, for example, to children, to animals, and so on. Specific characteristics then help to identify a specific person or thing...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2017, 8:41 am (UTC)

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Without Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller would have been walled into a dark, hopeless world. Miss Sullivan was Helen's lifeline. It was the stalwart and persistent Miss Sullivan who managed to...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2017, 11:26 pm (UTC)

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Helen Keller's Story of My Life was published in 1903, and words that were commonplace at that time have become more obscure as the English language has inevitably morphed and shifted. No doubt in...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2017, 11:41 am (UTC)

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The Story of My Life is Helen Keller's autobiography encompassing life as she knows it until the age of 22. At this point, Helen is in college and already making a name for herself. The level of...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2013, 5:07 am (UTC)

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I think Keller's purpose was to show the fundamental humanity of people with disabilities, and part of that is explaining her internal life as a child who could not see or hear. There is a kind of...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019, 12:12 pm (UTC)

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Many of Helen Keller's early lessons from her teacher, Anne Sullivan, took place out of doors because Helen enjoyed the outdoors immensely and because she relied on the sense of touch to learn new...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016, 12:36 am (UTC)

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The setting of Helen Keller's The Story of My Life radically shifts over the course of the book. It begins in Keller's birthplace in the town of Tuscumbia, Alabama, where she is mysteriously taken...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2017, 1:54 am (UTC)

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Helen Keller explains that her teacher Anne Sullivan tried to talk to her with common conversational methods, but the problem was that a non-hearing child cannot really have a conversation the same...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016, 1:37 am (UTC)

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Helen Keller was also brought before a court of investigation, which consisted of teachers and officers of the Perkins Institution. The results and details of the investigation, although not made...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018, 3:21 pm (UTC)

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Helen's condition was, and is, exceptionally rare, so her parents could have been forgiven for not knowing how to cope. Yet they showed remarkable intelligence, courage, and fortitude in dealing...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018, 8:41 am (UTC)

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Martha Washington was the daughter of Helen Keller’s family cook and was her friend and playmate when she was younger. When Helen was little, Martha Washington was her playmate but hardly her...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016, 7:49 pm (UTC)

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Helen Keller wrote The Story of My Life when she was only 22, so it is the story of her childhood, adolescence, and very young adult years. The most famous part of the memoir focuses on her early...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021, 12:01 pm (UTC)

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Helen Keller faced many challenges, but she did not back down from any of them. Even though she lost her sight and hearing as a toddler, she did not let it stop her from facing the world on her own...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2016, 8:18 pm (UTC)

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A few synonyms for eventful in this context would be: significant, momentous, important, historic, consequential, and fateful. All these words imply that the day which Helen refers to stood out...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2017, 9:40 am (UTC)

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To understand this book, you have to consider it in context. Helen Keller is not telling the "story of her life"--how could she? She was only 22 when she wrote it. She is telling the "story of my...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2017, 2:13 am (UTC)

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Although Mildred, Helen Keller's younger sister, could not understand Helen's finger language, they were close when they were little. Even at a young age, Helen wanted to communicate with Mildred...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2017, 11:16 am (UTC)

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Helen is describing her life before and after her teacher Anne Sullivan came as two different lives. Helen Keller was born with sight and hearing, but lost them at a very young age. This made her...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016, 1:45 am (UTC)

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One day, not too long after Helen learns to communicate, she brings Miss Sullivan some violets. When Miss Sullivan tries to kiss her in response, Helen resists the embrace, at that time only liking...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2018, 10:07 pm (UTC)

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Helen Keller, supported by her autobiography, "The Story of My Life" and other works, is a source of inspiration to many people, especially for those whom their daily struggles begin to outweigh...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2017, 8:22 am (UTC)

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Helen Keller wants to highlight the importance of the day Anne Sullivan entered her life. Therefore, she uses a certain amount of fanfare and hyperbole to describe it. She goes back and forth...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2018, 10:40 pm (UTC)

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For Helen Keller, the arrival of Anne Sullivan was the most transformative moment in her young life, leading to her ability to communicate and to experience a full, rich future. In her memoir,...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018, 9:49 pm (UTC)

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The plot is one of the main elements of a story and a plot diagram is a means by which writers and readers can create (writers) or follow (readers) the thread of a story by concentrating on the...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2015, 2:27 pm (UTC)

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Helen: 1.In chapter 2 Helen says that when you are blind and deaf it is difficult to understand "the tender affections that grow out of endearing words and actions and companionship" after almost...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2015, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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In her autobiography, The Story of My Life, Helen Keller is well-known for her poetic use of language to express herself. After an illness, and having been left blind and deaf at the age of...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016, 7:29 am (UTC)

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To answer this question, take a look at Helen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life. In Chapter Seven, Helen talks about her teacher, Anne Sullivan, and says: My teacher is so near to me...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2017, 9:16 am (UTC)

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According to her autobiography, The Story of My Life, Helen Keller was born with the ability to hear and to see. But when she was 19 months old, she fell suddenly ill with a condition that "closed"...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2017, 8:08 am (UTC)

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When Helen was nearly two years old, she became seriously ill. For the first nineteen months of her life, Helen had been a very healthy child. But early in January of 1882, she was suddenly struck...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019, 10:35 am (UTC)

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Helen was a brave child, but being blind and deaf meant that she would sometimes become fearful of things she could not see or hear. Since she could only sense, fear of the unknown led her to...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2015, 1:32 am (UTC)

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In her memoir, Helen Keller depicts herself as an energetic and mischief-making young girl. One day she finds a key. She uses it to lock her mother in a pantry. She describes her "glee" as she sits...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2018, 12:12 am (UTC)

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Miss Sullivan came to the Keller home to be six-year-old Helen Keller's teacher. Helen had suffered from a severe illness shortly before her second birthday. The illness left her deaf and blind....

Latest answer posted June 17, 2016, 5:25 am (UTC)

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This quote appears very early in the memoir as part of Keller's reflection on her ancestors. Before writing the sentence quoted, she notes that on her father's side she has a Swiss ancestor who was...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2018, 11:21 am (UTC)

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The most important day of Helen Keller's life was the day Anne Sullivan came to live with her. Keller uses two metaphors to describe Sullivan's arrival. A metaphor is a comparison that does not use...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2020, 4:00 am (UTC)

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In chapter II of Helen Keller's autobiography The Story of My Life, Helen talks about her life prior to Anne Sullivan. She explains the way she would communicate with her mother, which consisted on...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2021, 1:20 am (UTC)

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Chapter 1 describes Helen’s family and her life before she was blind and deaf, as well as the introduction of her teacher Anne Sullivan. Helen was only a baby when she lost her sight and hearing....

Latest answer posted May 24, 2013, 3:10 pm (UTC)

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It is not precisely clear what is the last thing Keller remembered before her illness. After being ill, she remembers the light getting dimmer and dimmer before going out altogether. Most...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2018, 12:56 pm (UTC)

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Helen loves nature, but she describes a time when she was in a tree during a storm and realized nature could be frightening. Helen adores nature. Anne Sullivan brings her into the fields to smell...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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Although Helen was blind and deaf, that had not always been the case. Until she became very sick with a fever at age two, she could see and hear. Even after she was plunged into darkness, she...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2018, 11:35 pm (UTC)

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Alexander Graham Bell helped Helen by directing her father to the school that might best be able to provide Helen with a teacher, and indeed they did. Helen dedicated the story of her life to Bell...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016, 8:36 pm (UTC)

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Writers often use particular techniques to not only engage the reader but help them fully understand the intended meaning of the work. Helen Keller is no exception. In her autobiography, The Story...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018, 11:37 pm (UTC)

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The Story of my Life by Hellen Keller is a nonfiction memoir. The book covers Helen Keller’s early life, detailing her experiences before and after the appearance of Anne Sullivan in her life. The...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2019, 5:05 pm (UTC)

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Annie Sullivan is the inspirational teacher and devoted companion who, more than anyone else, completely transforms Helen Keller's life. Annie is partially-sighted herself, so has a good...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018, 10:12 am (UTC)

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Helen Keller likens herself to an Israelite enslaved in Egypt before Anne Sullivan's appearance, writing of her teacher's arrival: Thus I came up out of Egypt and stood before Sinai, and a power...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2017, 11:03 am (UTC)

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It is true that The Story of my Life is both engaging and entertaining, but it also deeply moving and educational in helping readers to identify with those with sensory disabilities; therefore it...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016, 9:39 am (UTC)

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In order to be prepared to enter Radcliffe, Helen Keller studied at the Cambridge School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, starting in October of 1896. The other students (all girls) had hearing and...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2017, 11:49 am (UTC)

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Helen Keller relies on allusion to explain to the reader the extraordinary importance of Miss Sullivan's entry into her life. She compares Miss Sullivan's arrival to the Israelites crossing the Red...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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