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Helen Keller-An Idol

Common category: Author : S.Manikandaprabhu
Posted On : 2016-03-08 13:05:39

Happy women’s day !!!!

In this international women’s day, Let’s rewind an inspiringhistory of Helen Keller-The one and only women who deserves to be the best Idoland an inspiring women.

 Who is Helen Keller?

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia,Alabama. In 1882, she fell ill and was struck blind, deaf and mute.  She becomes deaf and blind at the age of 19months.

Her Childhood Days:-

When Heller was six years old, her mother Kate visitedscientist Alexander Graham Bell, who had been working with deaf children, andsuggested Helen’s family to write to Michael Anagnos, the director of thePerkins Institution located at Boston, Massachusetts.

Following the meeting, Keller was assigned a partiallysighted teacher named Anne Sullivan who started communicating with Keller byspelling words on her hand, but her attempts had limited success. Helen and AnneSullivan became the soul mates when days passed . She started teaching words toHelen by finger spelling touching and made her to feel the words.


The very first word Helen came to know was “Doll”. She madeher understand the gift of a doll she had brought along. The next word shetaught to her is “Water”. There was a huge struggle when she was teaching thisword to Helen. Meanwhile, when they went out for a walk, they saw waterdroplets coming out from a pump and Sullivan made her understand the word bymaking her realize it. Keller moved to other objects with Sullivan in tow. Bynightfall, she had learned 30 words.

The days rolled by and Helen went on to study at theCambridge School for Young Ladies and in the autumn of 1900 she enteredRadcliffe College becoming the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor ofArts degree.

Keller’s Killer Works:-

Helen keller was an extra ordinary writer and she received manyhonors for her eminent writings.

She wrote number of books and essays including The Story OfMy Life (1903), which became a renowned classic, The World I Live In (1909),Out Of The Dark (1913), a series of essays on socialism, and finally Teacher,published in 1955.

In 1953 a documentary film The Unconquered was made aboutKeller's life, which went on to win an Academy Award. A drama portraying AnneSullivan's success in communicating with Helen as a child called The MiracleWorker appeared as a television play and on Broadway and went on to wincritical acclaim.

Helen Keller –The Activist:-

Besides being a successful writer, she was a member of theSocialist Party of Massachusetts, US and spent years fundraising to improvelife for blind and deaf people. She played an active role in raising thelivelihoods of deaf and blind people. Her activism became a major factor inchanging life for those with sensory loss.

After years of campaign work and literary success, inOctober 1961 Keller suffered the first of a series of strokes. She spent herremaining years at her home in Easton, Connecticut, USA, and on 1 June, 1968,Keller died in her sleep. Her ashes were laid next to her dedicated teacherSullivan. Even death can’ t separate Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan.

Never Bend Your Head. Always Hold it High. Look the world.Straight in the face.



Comments for this Article

3 years ago

Really great. She faced many difficulties while learning but she never give up. This shows her will power. She wrote many books and essays. This is because of her interest and dedication towards her work and it also shows her confidence.

3 years ago

It's an inspirational history.Confident and persevering makes her life became success.Before her success, she handles a lot of struggles and hurdles.As a women we must keep persevering and confidence ,we also will make history....


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