Helen Keller

Obstacles She Faced to Become the Woman who Inspires us all

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Helen Keller and Her Teacher Anne Sullivan

Helen's Life Story

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama on June 27, 1880. She was born healthy but at nineteen months, she developed an illness that made her lose her hearing and her sight. At the age of six, she got a teacher to help her with her reading and speaking; her name was Anne Sullivan who was also partially blind. Through Anne's teaching, Helen learned how to read braille, feel the vibrations of ones words by touching their face to know what words they are saying and even speak.

Helen became the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor degree in art and then became an author, political activist and lecturer. She learned to devote her life to helping others by teaching the blind to be fearless and to make their life creative. She has also written many books, one of which was a story of her life. On June 1, 1968, Helen Keller died of natural causes.


The Types of Conflicts She Faced

Character vs. Self conflict: She had to find ways on her own to be able to communicate and read. She also had to work very hard to be able to do these things.

Resolution: She worked hard with her teacher Anne Sullivan to find way to be able to speak and read. She studied braille and learn the vibrations of each letter and combine them into words.

Character vs. Nature conflict: She developed this illness at a very young age because of nature.

Resolution: She had to face the illness given to her from nature by working against it.


  • First deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of art degree
  • She is an author, political activist and lecturer
  • She was added into the Alabama Woman's Hall of Fame in 1971
  • One of the twelve in the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on June 8, 2015
  • Learned braille while being blind and deaf
  • Wrote many well-known books
Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan (1928 Newsreel Footage with Open Captions and Audio Description)

Helen's Teacher: Anne Sullivan

Anne Sullivan was an American teacher who got her education from Perkins School for the Blind. She was Helen Keller's teacher since Helen was six. She taught Helen how to read braille, speak and feel the vibrations of one's words to know that they are saying and communicate. Anne Sullivan had a great impact in Helen's life.

Helen Keller's Life Theme:

Helen Keller, American Author, Political Activist and Lecturer expresses, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart," (Brainy Quote).

Interesting Facts About Helen Keller

  • She loved hot dogs
  • She was an excellent typist
  • She wrote to eight United States presidents and got letters back from all of them
  • She loved animals, especially dogs
  • She visited thirty-nine countries all around the world throughout her life


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