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The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Thus it is that my friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation.

This captivating memoir written by Helen Keller at the age of twenty-two was such a refreshing read! It really did manage to put a smile on my face and restore my spirit at a time when it seems so much negativity envelops us. There is no doubt that Helen was a remarkable woman and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, a blessing and a devoted friend.

Having lost her sight and her hearing at a very young age, Helen was most likely destined to a life full of isolation, frustration, and perhaps hopelessness. However, through some very influential connections -including one with the great Alexander Graham Bell himself, Helen was eventually put in touch with the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston and Anne Sullivan, one of the school’s distinguished graduates. In 1887, just before Helen’s seventh birthday, Anne arrived at the Keller’s home in Tuscumbia, Alabama. From this point, Helen’s life changed forever as she embarked on a journey of learning despite all odds. The perseverance of both student and teacher led to a remarkable accomplishment – that of Helen’s graduation from Radcliffe College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

What I loved most about Helen’s narrative was her positive outlook, her generosity towards others, and her love of nature and literature. I was quite surprised to read some of her descriptions of the world around her; one would not have guessed that her eyes and ears failed her. She used her other senses and her understanding of the things she learned to absorb everything almost like they were a part of her own being. Helen explained this more eloquently than I:

Each individual has a subconscious memory of the green earth and murmuring waters, and blindness and deafness cannot rob him of this gift from past generations. This inherited capacity is a sort of sixth sense – a soul-sense which sees, hears, feels, all in one.

My only criticism, if you will, of this memoir was that it also included a series of letters to and from Helen Keller throughout her young and college-aged life. While these were certainly interesting, they were also somewhat repetitive and later leaned heavily towards details of the series of exams Helen had to take throughout her schooling. That aside, this book truly was inspirational. When I think about what both Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan accomplished together, it really is exceptional. There were so many obstacles but these were overcome by the determination of the student and the dedication of the teacher. I was astounded to discover that Anne very often had to “read” textbooks to Helen by use of the manual alphabet when the Braille texts were not available. Anne’s eyesight, which was impaired to begin with, would also be strained and compromised by overuse. The friendship between these two is striking and heartwarming as well. Their companionship would last until Anne’s death in 1936.

I feel that her being is inseparable from my own, and that the footsteps of my life are in hers. All the best of me belongs to her – there is not a talent, or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch.
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Breakdown and Review of 'Where the Wild Things Are'

The critics were puzzled and faintly irritated by Where the Wild Things Are. So, it seems, were the film's producers. This isn't, however, the fault of director Spike Jonze. He's done his best to provide clues for those who can't see what he's getting at. This, in essence, is the way he tells it. People have been trying to make a movie out of Maurice Sendak's much-loved children's story since the early s.

The young protagonist of this beautifully illustrated book, Max, gets sent to his room without dinner for disrespecting his mother. He then takes a trip to the magical land of the wild things. As their King, he rules the land until he gets homesick and heads for home, where he finds his dinner waiting for him, still warm.
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He has described how on Sundays the family would be invaded by relatives who not only brazenly ate them out of house and home, but also insisted on hugging and kissing the children while noisily proclaiming their kinship. Do them harm? None of the child psychologists whose views were sought wanted to ban the book, but many parents over the years have rejected it as far too frightening. Since its original issue, it has been widely reprinted and translated. Max stands in his bare room, more angry than upset, and decides to run away. The reader watches as his room transforms into a jungle, his bed becomes a boat and he sails away to where the wild things are. He then starts feeling homesick, so he waves goodbye to the wild things and returns to his normal room, where his supper is waiting for him.

Young Max is naughty, engaging in such mischief as chasing after the dog with a fork. Dressed in a wolf suit, Max is in such a rage that his bedroom starts to turn into a jungle and a boat appears. He sails to the land of the wild things, which are huge monsters with claws. Not frightened of anything, Max tames the wild things, who agree that he is the wildest of them all, and they make him their king. Although the wild things beg him to stay, he returns to his bedroom, where his supper is waiting for him.

The question I am obsessed with is: How do children survive? Sendak died today at age In just 10 sentences, Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," illuminated not only the protagonist Max's imagination, but also rage, a reaction to a mother's emotional absence and the overall darker, and neglected, parts of a child's psyche. Clearly, Max, a young and unruly boy who is punished by his mother and sent to his room without dinner, depends on his mom. But his rage is apparent, and soon his room morphs into a strange forest. He takes a private boat to where the wild things are, and, despite their terrible roars and ghoulish features, manages to become their ruler through a magic trick. Max becomes the "most wild thing of all.

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  1. Where the Wild Things Are is a children's picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, originally published by Harper & Row. The book .

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