“Knowledge is love and light and vision.”
― Helen Keller,
She is extraordinary in every way. Helen Keller, the inspirational lady, who triumphed over her adversities in the most incredible way. This is her true story- her autobiography.
Helen Keller was deaf and blind. Struck by meningitis at 19 months of age, her world all of a sudden turned dark and silent. At a time when those around her thought that her life was destined to be lived in isolation and darkness, along came Anne Sullivan, her teacher. The Story of my Life is a book that chronicles her life, her growing up, and her struggles to educate herself against all odds.
Helen Keller was a frustrated child. Unable to communicate, she struggled to put forth the most basic of words to others, and would break into a fit of anger. That is when her parents found Anne Sullivan as a teacher for Helen. Anne opened up new horizons for Helen, and changed the course of her life. Helen learnt to communicate with the world without the dependence on anybody. She learnt the method of finger-spelling words on her hand. Her joy knew no bounds when she learnt her first word- water. In Keller’s own words, “that living word, awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free”. With Anne Sullivan’s help, Helen leant to read, write and also speak different languages.
Helen wrote her autobiography at the age of 22. Originally in the form of letters, they have been compiled from her early childhood to adulthood. She brings to the fore front her struggles to learn, her life in school, her emotions and opinions. Her writing speaks volumes about her determination, inner strength and zeal to achieve what the world would otherwise think is impossible.
Helen also published “The World I Live In”, an account of how she experienced the world through touch, taste and scent in the year 1908. She also joined the Socialist Party of Massachusetts to support various social causes such as birth control, and the right of women to vote. After the Second World War she toured more than thirty countries, to work towards the concerns of many other disabled individuals. No wonder she is still respected the world over even after a 100 years of her birth.
What Helen achieved in her lifetime is indeed commendable in every way. The Story of my Life is an enriching and heartwarming book.
This post is a part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge where I write about twenty six women characters from books, who have left an impact on me. You can read the previous posts here- Women in Books
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