The Story Of My Life And The Life Of Fredrick Douglas, An American Slave

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Kids and adults today don’t care as much for an education like Keller and Douglass did in these stories. Keller and Douglass wanted to learn so badly that they went through the struggles that they had to. Hellen Keller was a blind and deaf woman and Fredrick Douglass was an African American slave that was not allowed to learn. Both "The Story of My Life" and "Narrative or the Life of Fredrick Douglas, an American Slave" share the central idea that education is worth the struggle they had to go through, but they do so in different ways To begin with, Keller’s struggle with education was different from Douglass’s because she was blind. When Miss. Sullivan, was trying to teach Keller what water was and how to spell it, she was having a hard time with it so Miss. Sullivan thought it would be a good idea to make it more physical for her. She took Keller out to the well house and put her hand under the running water, “Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as of something forgotten-a thrill of returning thought, and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that ‘w-a-t-e-r’ meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand.” As well as the doll that the children at Perkins Institution made, “When I had played with it for a while, Miss Sullivan slowly spelled into my hand the word ‘d-o-l-l,’ I was at once interested in this finger play and tried to imitate it.” Keller’s struggled to learn since she had to learn by feel and touch. Now,…

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