Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan

Explain part of story


So students le’s continue our story. The morning after Helen’s teacher came she led her into her room and gave her a doll. When she played with it a little while, her teacher slowly spelled into her hand the word ‘d- o-l-l. She was interested in this finger play and tried to imitate it. When she finally succeeded in making the letters correctly, she was flushed with childish pleasure and pride. Running downstairs to her mother she held up her hand and made the letters for doll. She did not know that she was spelling a word or even that words existed. She was simply making her fingers go in monkey – like imitation. She learn to spell in this uncomprehending way a great many words, among them were pin, hat, cup, and a few verbs like sit, stand and walk. She understood that everything has a name. One day, while she was playing with her new doll, Miss Sullivan put her big rag doll into her lap also, spelled ‘d-o-l-l and tried to make her understand that ‘d-o-l-l’ applied to both. Earlier she had a tussle over the words ‘m-u-g’ and ‘w-a-t-e-r’. Miss Sullivan had tried to impress that ‘mug’ is mug and that ‘water’ is water. But she persisted in confounding the two. In despair she dropped the subject for the time, only to renew it at the first opportunity. Hellen became impatient at her repeated attempts and seizing the new doll, she dashed it upon the floor. She was keenly delighted when she felt the fragments of the broken doll at her feet. Neither sorrow nor regret followed her passionate outburst. She had not loved the doll.