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As a class project, you have been asked to write a book report.

You decide to write a report of

a book you have just read.

Use the following notes in your report:

- author
- title
- setting
- synopsis
- main characters
- themes
- response

The Story of My Life is an autobiography written by Helen Keller. It tells us how Helen
Keller, who was deaf, blind and mute, defied the odds to become one of the most celebrated
personalities in the world. The story was set in Alabama in 1997.

In the first half of the book, Helen Keller writes about how she was afflicted with
scarlet fever while she was still a baby and how illness left her deaf, blind and mute. The story
outlines the frustration Helen Keller experienced as a child alone in a dark and silent world
unable to communicate with anybody. The author then goes on to say how her life changed
with the arrival of her new-employed teacher and nanny, Anne Mansfield Sullivan.

The second part of the book relates how Helen Keller studied the deaf and dumb
language and learnt how to write using Braille and then went to college and graduated. The
story goes on to say how she spent the rest of her life helping the deaf and dumb all over the

I enjoyed reading every page of the book. I found some sections of the book,
especially those that deal with the early part of her life, poignant and touching. It made me
realize how difficult life must be for the handicapped. It also made me realize how fortunate I
was. It has made me more sympathetic towards the plight of those who are less fortunate than
I am, especially the handicapped who has given up hope in the face of misfortune, and the
severely handicapped who have lost the will to live.

The story is very touching and informative. It arouses the feelings of the readers. I
admire Helen Keller for her determination and diligence. I appreciate the painstaking efforts
taken by the teacher. The book has a good moral lesson for all. It shows the triumph of the
human spirit in the face of indomitable obstacles. It makes us wonder whether Helen Keller
was just another victim of fate or whether her birth has a special significance. Was Helen
Keller fortunate or unfortunate? Helen Keller was unfortunate to have suffered the cruel twist
of fate but the world is fortunate to have had a person like her. Her life shining example to
prove the adage, where there is a will, there is a way.