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Perseverance

The Story of My Life reveals how Helen, from a very young age, had shown exemplary determination and perseverance. Helen overcame her physical limitations and became the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. One can merely imagine the difficulties faced by a person without two of the basic senses; Helen’s numerous fits of depression and discontentment are but obvious. Nonetheless, though her will-power and the support of her dear ones, Helen managed to find a way out of the dark and lonely world that she was condemned to at the age of nineteen months. She was able to persevere through all obstacles and she not only learned how to read and write but also to speak.

Helen owes her success not only to herself but also her teacher’s patience and persistence. Miss Sullivan methodically and uncomplainingly dealt with all the breakdown of Helen during the latter’s learning process. Helen and her teacher truly epitomize Helen’s own saying, “We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.”

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