The Story of my Life Helen Keller

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Helen Keller's Young Part of Life

Helen Keller was not very far past one year old when she came down with the sickness that forced her to plunge into darkness and silence. In the first two months of the sickness, she doesn't remember, but near the end of the sickness, she remembers her mother rocking her, but through her own eyes, she could only see her mother as a partly dark and blurred person, and barely able to hear her mother's lullabies. Once the sickness ended, everyone threw a party, but no one knew Helen Keller could not see her family, nor hear them. Her one-year-old party was her first, last and only party. Until she was nearing her seventh birthday, her mother and father let her do what she wanted to do, they did not want to punish her if she did something bad, because she didn't know if she did something bad. It was not her fault. So if it was time to eat, they let her walk around and put her fingers into everyone's food. Then, a new person was in her dark and silent life. Anne Sullivan came and helped her along. But she could not teach her until she was willing to be taught, and in wanting. That time came when Helen was led outside by Anne, where Anne turned to faucet outside and let the water run. She took one of Helen's hands and moved it under the running water, while in her other hand spelling "w-a-t-e-r" in it, first slowly, then faster. Helen felt at that moment her soul wake up. She was now ready to learn, and she wanted to so badly. Anne took that opportunity, and worked with Helen.

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Helen Keller's Accomplishments

One of Helen Keller's accomplishments was first learning that everything had a name. It was a small accomplishment, but it was an accomplishment to Helen. The morning after she felt her soul wake up, she bounced out of bed and when her "Teacher" came, she wanted to know every thing's name that was in the house and outside. She'd touch something, and when Anne spelled it in her hand, she'd go to another thing she wanted to know. Another accomplishment for Helen Keller was when she found out what was water. Water had been the wonderful cool something that flowed onto her hand and through her fingers. water had been the something that woke her soul. It was thanks to Anne, whom had helped her wake her soul. She wanted to learn to speak. She wanted to talk with her mother and father, and with the new being she'd found out was there, her baby sister Mildred. She wanted to speak with them, and show her teacher how much she'd learned!

URL of Website: Title of Website: Anne Sullivan: The Miracle Worker

Helen Keller's Achieved Goals

Helen Keller did not have many goals, but one of the ones she did not achieve until later was speaking to her baby sister, Mildred. She also wanted to be able to help other blind and/or deaf children when she grew up. When she first spoke to her mother and father, she did not know of the little one's presence. When she spoke, Helen's mother cried and hugged her while her father was standing there very proud of his daughter, then Mildred ran up and hugged and kissed her. Helen then knew she had spoken to her little sister. She could now communicate to Mildred. It was influenced by when she could tell her sister was trying to talk to her, but poor Helen could not hear her words. She wanted to be able to speak to her, to communicate to her. But at that time, she could not. She tried hard to learn to speak words and not by finger play. When Helen grew older, she was able to help the blind and/or deaf children. She taught them the finger play if they hadn't been taught, and how to communicate as well. Wanting to do this was influenced as well. It was influenced by her teacher. As Helen grew, she learned more and more, and she wanted to share it.

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Helen Keller had made a big influence to the world. She always found a way even when things became dark. With her blindness and deafness, it was literally dark, and silent as well. But she made it through all the same. She might not be the same as the rest of us, but what became of her at barely past a year old is different than others. She was blind and deaf, but it did not stop her. She found her way around it to shine to the world. She stayed strong to get by, and she was able to talk with her family and other people around her. Silence and darkness may be scary, but it doesn't mean that you cannot do anything.

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When I heard of Helen Keller and how her life went by, I was very surprised. A blind and deaf girl able to speak and walk without bumping into each other or into things. I wouldn't have even known about Anne if she hadn't come into Helen's life to help her. Helen accomplished a lot, even with her problems. It gave her goals she could understand and work toward to, instead of just doing it as a normal baby and not even remembering that she did it in the first place. She was able to talk to her sister after time, even though she could not hear a response, and when she got older, even though she had her own disabilities, she helped younger kids with their problems of being blind and/or deaf, and that is pretty amazing in my book.

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I would definitely recommend the book "The Story of my Life" by Helen Keller herself. I think it's pretty amazing how she wrote her own story while not being able to see the story, and misspells. Even though she can't see does not mean she doesn't know her own story best. The book is pretty long, though. The book is over an inch thick, but I still think it is a really good book.

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Content, brave, determined

Daughter of Kate Adams Keller and Arthur H. Keller

Who loved her little sister Mildred and Anne Sullivan

Who loved to be adventurous, loved to help others at an older age, and hated not being able to see or hear

Who feared that she wouldn't find anyone like her, who feared that the books she wrote would be part of another or like another, and who feared that she wouldn't be able to teach the young kids with blindness and/or deafness right

Who accomplished to learn to speak to her sister without hearing her own words, who accomplished to help blind and/or deaf children

Who wanted to see the world with the children she was working with to succeed in the same way she had, and who wanted to see everything the world had in store for her

Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and died in Easton Connecticut, now living in Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.



Created with images by City of Boston Archives - "Photograph of a photograph of Helen Keller in 1890, at ten years old"

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