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The Story Of My Life- Helen Keller

  1. 1. The Story Of My Life By: Helen Keller
  2. 2. Inde xIntroduction Chapter-1 Chapter-2 Chapter-3 Chapter-4 Chapter-5 Chapter-6 Chapter-7 Chapter-8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12
  3. 3. Introduction Helen Adams Keller(June 27, 1880-June 1, 1968) was born on a plantation called Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, a little town of northern Alabama. Not only an American author, political activist and lecturer, but she also was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. A prolific author, Keller was well travelled and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women’s suffrage, workers’ rights, and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes. One of the famous quotations of Keller are: ‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.’ ‘Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.’
  4. 4. Chapter-1 “It is with a kind of fear that I begin to write the history of my life. I have, as it were, a superstitious hesitation in lifting the veil that clings about my childhood like a golden mist.” These are the first two sentences of the book written by Helen Adams Keller. In this chapter, a brief description of the ancestors of miss Keller is given. The picture on the right shows the Keller homestead, namely, ‘Ivy Green’. On the right of this house is a small annex where Helen Keller was born.
  5. 5. The family on her father’s side was descended from Caspar Keller, a native of Switzerland, who settled in Maryland. One of her ancestors was the first teacher of the deaf in Zurich, who wrote a book on the subject of their education. Her grandfather and the son of Caspar Keller, settled in Alabama. Once a year he went from Tuscumbia to Philadelphia on horseback to purchase supplies for plantation. Her father, Arthur H. Keller, was a captain in the Confederate army and her mother was his second wife. The Keller Family
  6. 6. Chapter-2 This chapter states the beginning of miss Helen’s illness, her discovery and exploration of learning new things, how she interacted with others in her surroundings. Some examples are there that a shake of the head meant “No” and a nod, “Yes”, a pull meant “Come” and a push, “Go”. If she was willing to have ice-cream as a dinner delicacy, she would shiver, to show work of a freezer, and her mother would understand what she is craving for. Further, she writes about how she realized that she was different from all those around her and the agony she felt for being different. Helen Keller with ‘Belle’
  7. 7. Those days she had two companions, Martha Washington, child of the cook and Belle, miss Keller’s dog. Miss Keller also pens down the horrific event of the childhood that she experienced. She spilled some water on her apron and kept that really close near the fire. As a result, her clothes were blazing but her old nurse recued her. Sometime later, after the recovery, she learnt to use a key. And that key usage led to one of the most naughty pranks of young miss Keller! When her teacher, Miss Sullivan came to her, she locked her and hid the key. However, her father managed to get her out of the room via a ladder. Months after, Miss Keller produced the key. In 1896, her father died, giving her, the first personal experience with death. She then introduces her little sister, Mildred, whom she thought to be an intruder. But after being restored to human heritage, they both grew into each other’s hearts.
  8. 8. Chapter-3 This chapter states the struggle that miss Keller did in order to express herself and the emotional outcomes that followed. She tells us that she had to face a great number of difficulties as they were living a great long way from any school of blind and deaf, and it seemed impossible that anyone would come to an out-of-the-way place like Tuscumbia, just to teach one blind and deaf child. They whole family passed through great sorrows. Once, the relatives doubted that if she could be taught or not. She had to make quite a journey to reach Washington, to see Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, later, her companion. Keller with Alexander Graham Bell
  9. 9. “ ” Self - pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world. -Helen Adams Keller
  10. 10. Chapter-4 Anne Sullivan came to teach Helen on March 3, 1887. Right away, Sullivan began to teach Helen to fingerspell using the manual alphabet. Helen enjoyed it as a game, but that is all it was to her at first. Several weeks later, Helen became frustrated when Sullivan tried to teach her the difference between "mug" and "water." In a rage, Helen threw and broke a new doll. To cool Helen's temper, and perhaps to give herself a break, Sullivan took her pupil outdoors for a walk. The two came upon someone getting water from the pump. Just as she spelled everything else, Sullivan spelled "water" into Helen's hand, and something clicked. Helen suddenly understood that the spellings were names of things. Anne Mansfield Sullivan
  11. 11. Chapter-5 The rest of the summer, Helen built her vocabulary. The more it grew, the more she felt like part of the world. Most of her lessons that summer came from the nature. She had a child's natural fascination with the miracles all around her - how the rain and sun help plants grow, how animals get food. Helen also learned to fear the power of nature. One day that summer, she was in a tree, waiting for her teacher to return with lunch, when a storm suddenly arose. It was a long time before she climbed a tree again.
  12. 12. Chapter-6 Helen needed to move from knowing names of concrete things and actions, to knowing how to recognize and communicate abstractions. Her next big step came, again, as she was trying to solve a problem. Helen was concentrating very hard, and Anne Sullivan tapped Helen's forehead, emphatically spelling, "THINK!" Helen says she knew "in a flash" that "think" was the name for what she was doing. She worked for a long time, she says, before she could understand the meaning of the word "love."
  13. 13. Anne Sullivan reasoned that normal children learn language by being exposed to it constantly. Thus, she "spoke" to Helen constantly, using the manual alphabet to help Helen learn the words and figures of speech people used in speaking to each other. It was a long time before Helen could initiate much conversation, but as Sullivan continued to give her language, Helen's abilities and intellect continued to grow.
  14. 14. Chapter-7 As soon as she could fingerspell some words, Helen began learning to read, using slips of cardboard with words printed in raised letters. At first, she would attach the correct words to objects and spell out sentences about them, such as "doll is on bed," or "girl is in wardrobe." She would play like this for hours. The first book Helen read from was "Reader for Beginners." Like any child learning to read, she started out just finding words she knew. It was like a game of hide-and-seek, and each word she found thrilled her.
  15. 15. Chapter-8 Nine months after Anne Sullivan came to Tuscumbia, Helen had her first real Christmas celebration. For the first time, she was a giver, as well as receiver, and she enjoyed the anticipation. On Christmas Eve, the Tuscumbia schoolchildren had their Christmas tree, and Helen was invited to participate. She was allowed to present the children their gifts. Helen also had gifts to open under that tree, which only made her more excited for "real Christmas" to come. Helen hung her stocking and tried to stay awake to catch Santa Claus leaving presents, but finally fell asleep. She was the first to wake up Christmas morning and was astounded to find presents everywhere. Her favorite present came from Anne Sullivan - a canary named Little Tim. Helen learned to care for him herself. Unfortunately, a big cat got him when she left Tim's cage to get water for the bird.
  16. 16. Helen Keller had been friends with various powerful and famous personalities like Mark Twain, Winston Churchill and President John F. Kennedy.
  17. 17. Chapter-9 Next important step in Helen’s life was the visit to Perkins Institute in Boston. As soon as she arrived, Helen met other children who knew the manual alphabet. She immediately had friends and felt she had come home to her own country. She felt great pain, though, when she realized that all of her new friends were blind. While Helen was in Boston she visited Bunker Hill, and there she had her first lesson in history. The story of the brave men who had fought on the spot where she stood excited her greatly
  18. 18. Chapter 10 After visiting Boston, Helen and her teacher vacationed at Cape Cod. Helen was delighted, for her mind was full of the prospective joys and of the wonderful stories she had heard about the sea. No sooner had Helen been helped into her bathing-suit than she sprang out upon the warm sand and without thought of fear plunged into the cool water. Suddenly her ecstasy gave place to terror; for her foot struck against a rock and the next instant there was a rush of water over her head. At last she was thrown over by the waves on the shore. After that she enjoyed being splashed by the waves sitting on a big rock.
  19. 19. Chapter 11 Helen felt that life is full of emotions. She spent her autumn months with family at their summer cottage at Fern Quarry. The beautiful place was surrounded by little streams, mossy tree trunks, with butterflies and buzzing insects. Helen spent her days riding her pony or walking outdoors. One day, Helen, Mildred and Miss Sullivan got lost in the woods. Mildred recognized a railroad trestle over a deep gorge, with which they decided to find their way home. As they were crossing the trestle, a train approached. The three climbed underneath, onto the cross braces, and held onto the swaying trestles, terrified, while the train went overhead. With the utmost difficulty they regained the track. Long after dark they reached home and found the cottage empty; the family were all out hunting for them
  20. 20. Chapter 12 Helen and Miss Sullivan spent their winter in New England village where she experienced her first snowfall at the age of 9. The Earth seemed benumbed by the icy touch. All around the village were frozen lakes, vast snow fields, withered grass and bushes turned into icicles As the days wore on, the drifts gradually shrunk, but before they were wholly gone another storm came At intervals the trees lost their icy covering, and the bushes and underbrush were bare; but the lake lay frozen and hard beneath the sun Helen’s favorite amusement was tobogganing. She enjoyed it sliding across drifts, hollows and swooping down upon the lake….
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