The Story of My Life reveals that the unpleasant episode of the Frost King robbed Keller of her confidence to write. Do you agree? Explain. 

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In The Story of My Life, Helen Keller attempts to reveal all the significant events of the first twenty-two years of her life, especially after the arrival of Annie Sullivan which day Helen describes as "the most important day I remember in all my life" (chapter 4). It is Annie who teaches Helen how to communicate and it is Annie's patience and teaching methods that contribute to Helen's ability to "learn from life itself" (chapter 7). Helen includes the story of The Frost King in Chapter 14 even though it is a very painful memory for her. She says that it is "the one cloud in my childhood's bright sky." Even as Helen recalls the story many years later, it "still chills my heart." This supports the claim that Helen loses her confidence to write. 

As Helen has no conventional access to the written word, she continues to feel threatened by what she writes because "even now I cannot be quite sure of the boundary line between my ideas and those I find in books." Helen even admits that writing to her mother is a concern and she is "seized with a sudden feeling of terror." It is Annie's encouragement which helps Helen through such a stressful period and who encourages Helen not to give up writing.  

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