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Shruthika from skns pmc vivekanada vidyalaya, asked a question
Subject: English , asked on 11/7/13

character sketch of hellen keller

Himanshu Upadhyay , added an answer, on 11/7/13
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Character analysis of Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller was born a healthy child in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on June 27, 1880.

On her father's side she was descended from Colonel Alexander Spottswood, a colonial governor of Virginia, and on her mother's side, she was related to a number of prominent New England families. Helen's father, Arthur Keller, was a captain in the Confederate army. The family lost most of its wealth during the Civil War and lived modestly.

After the war, Captain Keller edited a local newspaper, the North Alabamian, and in 1885, under the Cleveland administration, he was appointed Marshal of North Alabama.
Anne believed that the key to reaching Helen was to teach her obedience and love. She saw the need to discipline, but not crush, the spirit of her young charge. As a result, within a week of her arrival, she had gained permission to remove Helen from the main house and live alone with her in the nearby cottage. They remained there for two weeks.

Anne began her task of teaching Helen by manually signing into the child's hand. Anne had brought a doll that the children at Perkins had made for her to take to Helen. By spelling "d-o-l-l" into the child's hand, she hoped to teach her to connect objects with letters.

Helen quickly learned to form the letters correctly and in the correct order, but did not know she was spelling a word, or even that words existed. In the days that followed, she learned to spell a great many more words in this uncomprehending way.

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Pratibha Kumari , Meritnation Expert added an answer, on 12/7/13

The website has been updated and the study material for The Story of my Life is now available. Character sketch for Helen Keller is provided in the study material. Please follow the link given below:

http://cbse.meritnation.com/study-online/study-material/Z6HB0DMwUyg@K93rb1og5w!!/hNDa2whjss97KjngMbl9yg!!

Kindly go through it and let us know in case you face any difficulty.  

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