What setbacks does Helen face in the early part of her life?

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Helen Keller faced many setbacks.  In the first year and a half of her life, she showed developmental progress and intelligence.  She began to speak at six months old.  She also imitated the actions of the adults around her.  A few months before Helen's second birthday, she became seriously ill....

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Helen Keller faced many setbacks.  In the first year and a half of her life, she showed developmental progress and intelligence.  She began to speak at six months old.  She also imitated the actions of the adults around her.  A few months before Helen's second birthday, she became seriously ill.  It was uncertain whether or not her small body would be able to survive the illness.  She did live, but the sickness had taken away her sight and hearing.  This was a setback for a young child who had been eager to communicate with others.

After Miss Sullivan arrived, Helen made rapid progress.  She learned how to communicate and to read.  She then decided that she wished to learn how to speak.  Helen worked very hard, but she was never satisfied with her level of ability in this area.  She saw this as a setback to her overall progress.

Helen dabbled in creative writing.  She came to enjoy this type of writing.  She wrote a whimsical story and was happy to present it to Mr. Anagnos.  Helen was devastated when she found out that she was being accused of plagiarism because of the content in her story.  Her story was very similar to another one.  After the ordeal, Helen became a more hesitant writer.

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