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The Story Of My Life
By: Helen Keller
Scholar: Susan D. Minkalis

This autobiography was dedicated to Alexander Graham Bell who took a personal interest in Helen Keller's blindness and deafness. Helen Keller also bestows her success of being able to read and speak to her wonderful caring teacher, Miss Sullivan.
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The book discusses her struggle for her memory to provide what sight was like when she was a toddler, where she lost her sight to an illness with high fever. Her mother is instrumental in Keller's perseverance as she made her daughter depend on her other 3 senses to survive.

Nature was the driving force for Keller's comprehension of life itself. She studied tadpoles, cocoons and flowers to understanding growth and change. Beautiful thoughts flow out of Helen as she feels the dew on the roses, the silk in a corn stalk, the changing of the winds, texture of leaves, sounds of grasshoppers, size of trees, and many more things. Numerous times in Keller's pre-teen days she felt overwhelmed and discouraged but made herself be educated.

Keller's story of her life explores the challenges she faced as a death mute sightless child and her means of communicating with the world.
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Plot & Themes

Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   physical disability/sickness Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Ethnicity    -   White


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Deep South Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   in awe Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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