Helen Keller In Early Life

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“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’’ll be glad to remember.” This statement was made by Anne Sullivan, the teacher of Helen Keller during the 1880’s. The early life of Helen Keller, a blind and deaf women, is depicted throughout the non-fiction play The Miracle Worker written by William Gibson. Helen Keller was born a healthy child, yet due to an illness she contracted at the age of one and a half, she was left blind and deaf. This would give her little ability to communicate with the outside world. Throughout her early life Helen found ways to communicate with the people that affected her daily. Her parents, hoping to help their daughter, enlisted the assistance of a teacher for their young six year old daughter. Ms. Sullivan, who grew up in an asylum in Massachusetts and overcame a horrible case of trachoma as a…show more content…
Anne began working with Helen and despite all the difficulties that she faced when attempting to teach her, she overcame her challenges and taught Helen how to interact with others in the world. Due to the great perseverance of Anne Sullivan when teaching Helen, and her focus on educating her, Helen Keller eventually accomplished great achievements despite her handicap. Annie’s role in Helen’s life, depicted in the play, teaches readers that despite difficult problems that can make one’s life more complex, one is able to persevere and overcome their challenges in order to accomplish success. Throughout the play The Miracle Worker, Anne Sullivan displays the ability to persevere through difficult situations. Early on in her life, Anne faced challenges as her family was among many Irish immigrants to America during the Great Famine of Ireland. Anne’s family
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