Helen Keller Essay

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Helen has been described as being, "like a little safe, locked up, that no one can open". Helen fits this description because she has lots of things hidden and locked away in her brain so the only way for her to unleash some of the stuff that's inside her is for her to act like an animal by running around and using her hands to find what is in front of her. She does that because there is no other way for her to communicate with others, so her mother hired Annie Sullivan to teach her sign language so that she can tell people what she wants to do and say. Annie sees that Helen is smart. "Helen pushes the doll's face. Kate now sees, she comes swiftly to kneel, lifts Helen's hand to her own eyes in question". Helen understood that when she touched the doll's eyes, that they were missing, and she wanted the doll to have eyes like her. It also showed in the book that Helen was actually a very smart girl because she knew how to open a door, turn the key to open and lock the door and hide the key. She learned how to walk up and down the stairs, how to go from plate to plate at the dinner table to get what she wanted. Helen was also smart because she knew exactly when to throw a temper tantrum when she didn't get her way or get whatever she wanted.Her family doesn't know that her brain is normal but locked like a safe in her head. No one can open her to see what's inside.Helen lost her sight and hearing when she was a baby, so she doesn't have words to tell or show people what she's feeling inside her. She uses her hands, mouth and her nose to figure things out.Her family can't open the "safe" inside Helen because they don't know she is smart...

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