In The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, what does the incident of the towel doll tell you about Helen?

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There are many significant events in The Story of My Life and some of them are truly life-changing for Helen. Some of the events she describes seem far less noteworthy but Helen includes them because for them to have created a memory indicates that they have a deeper meaning. One such recollection is the towel doll that Helen's aunt makes for her before her momentous visit to Baltimore and onward to Washington where she is introduced to Dr Alexander Graham Bell, who will become the facilitator who provides "the door through which I should pass from darkness into light."(Ch 3)

Helen's aunt has made an" improvised doll," with no features at all. It is the lack of a set of eyes that bothers Helen the most to the point that her aunt sews on two buttons for eyes. After this Helen shows no further interest in the doll.

This incident reveals Helen's understanding of the relevance of eyes and how they make a difference to even something as basic as this doll. Just as a person is compromised without sight Helen cannot bear the thought of her doll being compromised in this way.

Helen will mature into a person who always strives to help others.   


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