What is the context that prompted "Are We Wasters of Time?" by Helen Keller?what is her tone?

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Helen Keller effectively used persuation as her voice in her essay "Are We Wasters of Time?"

The essay starts with the main topic, which explains the context of the message:

"Time is one of the things we possess. Our success depends on the right use of it."

She then explains how, despite of the 24 hours we are given in a day, we have most of that time compromised with duties and responsibility. Yet, she also places the context within what others have chosen to do with the hours that life donates for us to use at our leisure. She explains how some have chosen to teach, others to create, others to invent, others to produce, or perform. This is the gist of her message: It is not the quantity, but the quality of the time we invest on ourselves what will eventually bring social changes:

"But what about the odd moments? Some of the men who have moved the world forward were men who used the odd moments wisely".