Summary of the story of my life-Helen Keller


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Summary of the story of my life-Helen Keller

  1. 1. English Holiday Assignment
  2. 2. The Story of My Life
  3. 3. About the author Helen Adams Keller (June 27,1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The prolific author, Keller was well traveled 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. There was one great soul in Keller’s life who was the reason for all her achievements in life, Anne Sullivan, Helen’s teacher.
  4. 4. Anne Mansfield Sullivan Helen’s teacher “The Miracle Worker’’ in Helen’s life
  5. 5. Major Characters
  6. 6. Helen Keller Helen Keller is the author of The Story of My Life. The story is actually an autobiography of her life.
  7. 7. Arthur H. Keller Helen’s father, Arthur Keller had been a captain in the Confederate army. He was a hospitable man who enjoyed bringing guests home to see his garden.
  8. 8. Kate Keller Helen’s mother, Kate Keller was an early source of comfort for the troubled child. Kate learned the manual alphabet so that she could communicate effectively with her daughter.
  9. 9. Anne Mansfield Sullivan When Anne went to teach Helen Keller, she was only twenty years old and a recent graduate of the Perkins Institution for the Blind. Throughout Helen’s life, Sullivan was dedicated to supporting her efforts in education and in social reform, which was uninterrupted even after Sullivan married Helen Keller’s editor, John Albert Macy. Sullivan died in 1936.
  10. 10. Dr. Alexander Graham Bell Dr. Alexander Graham Bell first met Helen when she was six years old and her parents brought her to him for advice on how to teach her. Dr. Bell remained a friend to Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. “The Story of My Life “is dedicated to him.
  11. 11. Mr. Anagnos The director of the Perkins Institution. He sent Anne Sullivan to the Helen Kellers’ home. He and Helen became friends.
  12. 12. Secondary Characters
  13. 13.  Martha Washington: The child of the Kellers’ cook and Helen’s childhood friend.  Mildred Keller: Helen’s sister.  Miss Sarah Fuller: The principal of the Horace Mann School, where Helen learned to speak.  Dr. Chisholm: He was the oculist ( eye doctor) who treated Helen and referred her to Dr. Alexander Graham Bell  Mr. Arthur Gilman: Arthur Gilman was the principal at Radcliffe College, where Helen attained her degree.  Mr. Keith: He was Helen’s mathematics instructor at the Cambridge School for Young Ladies.  Mr. Irons: A Latin scholar and a family friend of Anne and Helen.  John P. Spaulding: Spaulding was a dear friend to Helen
  14. 14.  Miss Reamy: Helen Keller’s German teacher at the WrightHumason School for the Deaf.  John Greenleaf Whittier: One of the “many men of genius” Keller met.  Oliver Wendell Holmes: One of the “many men of genius” Keller knew.  Charles Townsend Copeland: Copeland taught Helen English composition class at Radcliffe College.  Frau Grote: Grote was Helen’s German teacher at Radcliffe College.  Bishop Brooks: One of the “many men of genius” Helen knew. He spoke beautifully to her throughout her life on matters of religion and spirituality.  Margaret T. Canby: Canby was the author of “The Frost Fairies”, on which Helen’s “the Frost King” was inadvertently based.  Ella: Ella , Helen’s childhood nurse, was subject to her terrible fits and spiteful acts.
  15. 15. Summary
  16. 16. Helen Keller, the little deaf and blind girl was triumphed over adversity to become world famous. Helen was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, to Captain Arthur Henry Keller, a confederate army veteran and a newspaper editor, and Kate Adams Keller. By all accounts, she was a normal child. But at 19 months, Helen suffered an illness – scarlet fever or meningitis that left her deaf and blind. Although Helen learned basic household tasks and could communicate some of her desires through a series of signs, she did not learn language the way other children do. Indeed, her family wondered how a deaf and blind child could be educated. At the age of six, her mother managed to get a teacher, Anne Sullivan, to teach Helen. After studying at the Wright Humason School for the Deaf and the Cambridge School for Young ladies, Helen entered Radcliff College in 1900 and finished her graduation in 1904. The Story of My Life shows, Helen Keller’s life is neither a miracle nor a joke. It is a tremendous achievement. It is destined to be imprisoned in darkness and isolation for the rest of her life, Helen built upon the brilliant work of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, to become an inter-nationally recognized and respected figure. In 1908 Helen published “The World I Live In”, an account of how she experienced the world through touch, taste and scent. In magazine articles she advocated for increased opportunities for the blind and for improving methods of reducing childhood blindness.
  17. 17. In 1909, Helen joined the Socialist Party of Massachusetts and supported many progressive era causes, including birth control, labour unions and the right of women to vote. In 1924, her popularity somewhat recovered, Helen began working as a lecturer fund-raiser for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Helen was devastated when her companion Anne Sullivan died in 1936. After the Second World War she toured more than thirty countries, continuing her advocacy for the blind. In 1955, she published the biography of Anne Sullivan “Teacher”, and in 1957 “The Open door”, a collection of essays. In 1964 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Lyndon Johnson. On 1st June, 1968, she died at her home in Arcane Ridge, Connecticut. In the second part of the book, we can read the letters written by Helen to her beloved ones during 1887-1901. It was quite interesting and informative with wonder and curiosity. Through these letters, she opened her mind, saw, felt and touched the worlds of wonders. They are exercises which have trained her to write. The book “Story of My Life” is a story of courage and determination and a work of inspirational literature.
  18. 18. My Opinion of the Novel I found the book very interesting as it narrates the life of Helen Keller and the obstacles she had to overcome in life as a deaf and blind person and finally become what she wanted to achieve. It is an inspirational book and I would recommend this book.
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