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  1. 1. English Holiday Assignment
  2. 2. The Story of My Life -Helen Keller
  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 womens suffrage, workers rights, and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes. There was one great soul in Kellers life who was the reason for all her achievements in life, Anne Sullivan, Helens teacher.
  4. 4. Anne Mansfield Sullivan Helens teacher The Miracle Worker in Helens life
  5. 5. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller is an interesting and important book as it gives a first hand account of the experience of being deaf and blind in a world which, especially in the period she was writing, had only minimal accommodations in place. Its description of how Keller struggled to learn how to understand and communicate with people is fascinating, and its publication, and the
  6. 6. Despite the importance of the book, and the inherent interest of the narrative, I do not find the prose style particularly appealing, and do not generally enjoy autobiography as a genre. Thus while I enjoy what I learn from the book, and the sense of discovery of a world alien to my own experience, I do not find it
  7. 7. Major Characters
  8. 8. Helen Keller Helen Keller is the author of The Story of My Life. The story is actually an autobiography of her life.
  9. 9. Arthur H. Keller Helens 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.
  10. 10. Kate Keller Helens 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.
  11. 11. 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 Helens life, Sullivan was dedicated to supporting her efforts in education and in social reform, which was uninterrupted even after Sullivan married Helen Kellers editor, John Albert Macy. Sullivan died in 1936.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. Mr. Anagnos The director of the Perkins Institution. He sent Anne Sullivan to the Helen Kellers home. He and Helen became friends.
  14. 14. Secondary Characters
  15. 15. Martha Washington: The child of the Kellers cook and Helens childhood friend. Mildred Keller: Helens 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 Helens 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.
  16. 16. Miss Reamy: Helen Kellers German teacher at the Wright- Humason 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 Helens 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 Helens the Frost King was inadvertently based. Ella: Ella , Helens childhood nurse, was subject to her terrible fits and spiteful acts.
  17. 17. Summary
  18. 18. 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 Kellers 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.
  19. 19. 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 nations 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.
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Presented by: Srivastava Digvijay Raj X-F