Mid Life Of Helen Keller Essay

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HELEN KELLER’S MIDDLE LIFE

     
     The summer of 1887 was more fun for Helen than all of her previous years. Every object she touched and named seemed to bring her closer to the rest of the world, which pleased her and made her more confident. One thing Annie worked on with Helen was to find the beauty in everything. She taught her the different kinds of flowers, and trees, by their smell and the way they felt. Annie and Helen had most of their lessons in the outdoors that summer. The two liked to climb trees, and read books because they thought it was relaxing and something different. Helen later said, “The birds and flowers and I were happy peers.”1 That goes to show just how much
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Already Helen had a large vocabulary and was very well behaved.
     In 1888, Annie decided to take Helen to the Perkins Institute, to show Michael
Anagnos how much Helen had learned. On their way down to the Institute, Annie read
Hans Christian Andersen’s Tales and other poems to Helen. Helen loved the poems. She especially liked Oliver Wendell Holmes and John Greenleaf Whittier.
     When the two girls arrived at the Institute, Helen immediately fit in. All the children there were either blind or deaf, so Helen understood the way their life was. Most of the children there spoke using the manual alphabet which had been invented by Trappist monks many years before. The monks came up with the manual alphabet because they had taken a vow of silence so they had to have some way of communicating.
     Laura Bridgman, who was now about sixty years old, still lived in the Institute.
Annie had known Laura from her previous years at the Institute, so wanted to introduce her to Helen. Helen became excited knowing that she was soon to meet Laura, but that excitement left her shortly after she did. Laura immediately recognized Annie’s fingers on her lips, and was thrilled to have Annie back. But since Laura’s development had stopped after childhood, she had never been able to really understand the world. She was normally an unhappy lady, and it made her even more

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