What is the summary of chapter 1 in The Story of My Life?

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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.  At the age of 19 months, she had barely learned to use language.

I showed many signs of an eager, self-asserting disposition. Everything that I saw other people do I insisted upon imitating.  At six months I could pipe out "How d'ye," and one day I attracted every one's attention by saying "Tea, tea, tea" quite plainly. (ch 1)

It is a difficult time to be thrust into a world of darkness.  Since she had no communication, it was difficult for her to experience the world.  She focused on the few words she knew, such as “wah-wah” for water.  Until Anne came to open up her lines of communication again when she was six years old, she was scared, confused, and lonely.

Strong-willed even as an infant, Helen spent four long years in the dark and silence.  She had very little human interaction of the kind she had as a baby, because she could not experience the people around her in the same way anymore.  Anne Sullivan changed all of this, finally giving her words and making her human again.

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