Growing up, people enter your life and create positive and negative relationships. In Kathryn Stocketts’s The Help, Aibileen Clark had relationships on both sides of the spectrum. Her relationship with Eugenia "Skeeter” Phelan is a strange but very positive relationship. This is because of Skeeter’s kindness and her strive for knowledge about the opposing race. Their relationship is special because throughout the novel, both of these two women make a favorable transition into noticeably different people.
Throughout Sullivan’s journey to create a miracle for the blind-and-deaf Helen Keller; Annie had to keep her head high through the challenges. The only way the teacher could do so is by being determined. Members of the Keller family have doubted her; her memories have come back to haunt her, but her soul was pulled through to prove that she is a sound teacher that can teach the six-year-old. In that case, determination deters one from failure. Primarily, determination can take people in different directions.
However, Jane Austen’s Persuasion is the story of Anne Elliot’s coming of age; when she frees herself from the expectations of society and subsequent pressure from her family, Lady Russell and herself. Persuasion is a reflection of the influence within each person to rise above the conflict of values as Anne must. Anne’s relationship with Captain Wentworth only furthers her connection to her values, therefore she is not hindered by the coincidence of her engagement and her freedom. Austen is not painting persuasion as a power that keeps individuals from their happiness; but rather, she is using it as a motivating factor towards that happiness. Anne Elliot proves that the individual is in charge of its own happiness, that all other factors are obsolete, through her friendships, her firm stance in morality, and her triumph of self-doubt.
Helen Keller, a blind, deaf, and mute woman, once said, “We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.” This quote means that everything is possible if we work hard and never give up. Helen Keller’s idea is reflected in The Miracle Worker by William Gibson and can also be tied into the lives of every human being, including mine. Helen Keller’s idea that anything could be achieved by persisting is shown in The Miracle Worker by William Gibson. This play takes place in the 1880’s on the Keller ranch in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Helen Keller, a spoiled six-year-old child, lost her sight and vision when she was six months old.
In the passage, Helen’s brother talks to the reader through a journal which both describes the situation he has confronted and his feelings about what has happened. He uses “I” as a narrator in the story which is himself and the style of writing is familiar with the way people telling someone stories; it directs to the reader. For example, he writes “And now comes the part you probably won’t believe, but… I didn’t go to the meeting.” The reader can feel that the message is sent directly to whoever read it; he suddenly wants to approach to whoever read his diary. As the reader knows since the beginning, Helen tries to find the reason why her brother commits suicide, so the narrative style can pull us into the detective mode in the same way as Helen. Besides, the sharing information between the character and the reader creates the effect to the reader’s perception when they investigate the case with Helen.
Growing up was different for Helen Keller. She could not communicate with others and no one could get through to her. Because of this she was called a "wild child". When Helen was seven, Anne Sullivan arrived from the Perkins School for the Blind, and changed Helen 's and her family 's lives. Anne also had poor vision and was sent to the Perkins School to learn how to teach blind children.
“I [Annie Sullivan] know the education of this child [Helen Keller] will be the distinguishing event of my life, if I have the brains and perseverance to accomplish it”. Annie Sullivan was at first looked down upon by Helen Keller’s family. Annie was hired as a governess to teach Helen how to communicate and to watch over Helen. Helen’s family would tell Annie that there was no hope in teaching Helen—a blind and deaf child—to properly behave and communicate. Although Annie faced many obstacles while attempting to teach Helen the meaning of language, she was able to triumph over Keller’s handicaps.
She started to act weird; she screamed and kick when she was angry and because of her wild behavior , many of her “ relatives felt she should be institutionalized.” (Helen Keller Biography 1) In 1886, Keller’s mother was in search for someone to help Keller with her learning ability and her education. Dr. J. Julian Chisolm was a specialist who examined Keller, he recommended to see Alexander Graham Bell. Bell was working with deaf children at the time and he suggested Keller and her family to visit Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston. That is when Keller meet Anne Sullivan, who spent the rest of her life with Keller. Helen Keller is considered as a hero because she was not any ordinary girl and changed the impossible to possible.
However, we also find out that she hasn’t been happy since the age of nine and has attempted suicide on multiple accounts. Plath early on highlights the difference between Esther on the outside versus her on the inside- it is the fine line between insanity and baring with the world. A scene from chapter thirteen goes into this very well, a scene in which her and her friends go on a beach trip. On the outside, though she seemingly hates the rays of the sun on her skin, Esther seems to be having fun. Not to mention, she only shows up because she was begged to- for her, it was another mask of happiness against the world.
The readers managed to get an inside look of Esther’s thoughts and feelings as the narrative is detailed and intimate. As the reader, I was able to emphasize with her and the writing allowed us to experience the helplessness and emptiness first hand. Esther’s presentation of major of depression was written eloquently as Plath did not hide her character’s major flaws, and she still humanizes Esther, something that is very rare in fiction as most characters with depression tend to be portrayed as “crazy” or not entirely “human”. Sylvia Plath herself was also diagnosed with depression and The Bell Jar is considered as the fictionalized account of her own clinical depression. Esther’s downwards spiral into depression was parallel to Plath’s own descend into depression.