The Story of My Life Essay

2880 Words May 2nd, 2011 12 Pages
The Story of My Life by: Helen Keller
I. INTRODUCTION Helen Keller overcame different difficult obstacles of deafness and blindness to become an influential lecturer and social activist. She has become, in American culture, an icon of perseverance, respected and honored by readers, historians, and activists. Helen began working on The Story of My Life while she was a student at Radcliffe College, and it was first published in installments in Ladies’ Home Journal. Helping her was an editor and Harvard professor named John Albert Macy, who later married her first teacher and lifelong companion, Anne Sullivan. In the book Helen recounts the first twenty-two years of her life, from the events of the illness in her early childhood
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There, she made friends with many of the blind children, which amaze her. Anne then takes her to some historical places in Boston, teaching history lessons along the way. Arrangements were made for Anne and Helen to spend the summer in Cape Cod with a friend. Helen’s descriptions of that summer are full of happy memories by the shore.

Chapters 11–15

After returning home from their summer vacation in Cape Cod, Anne and Helen joined the rest of the Keller family, who decided to spend their autumn months at their summer cottage, nearby Fern Quarry. While in there, the family entertained many visitors and Helen delighted in the wonderful smells of the food prepared for the guests. There was a train in Fern Quarry, and it ran on a long trestle that crosses a gorge. One day, while Helen, Anne, and Helen’s sister, Mildred, were out walking, they were stuck on the trestle when the train was coming and barely made it across in time. She returned to the north for the winter and was amazed at the icicles, snow, and bare trees. She learned to toboggan and loved the ride. In 1890, she learned to speak, urged on by news that a blind-deaf Norwegian girl had learned to speak. In order to learn, Helen and Anne went to the Horace Mann School, led by Miss Sarah Fuller. Although it was a very difficult process, she practiced often and made

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