The Story of My life- Novel for class 10- English CBSE
By Helen Keller
Chapter 6- Notes and Study Material
Introduction of Chapter 6- the Story of My Life by Helen Keller
Helen’s store of vocabulary increased every day. She yearned to have more information on the same subject. Her teacher tried to make her understand what love was. Her first conscious perception of an abstract idea was staggered when her teacher asked her to ‘THINK’ in order to arrange beads in a symmetrical pattern. Finally with the help of the sun, cloud and brief showers. her teacher made her understand that love cannot be touched, but one can feel the sweetness that it pours into everything.
Conclusion/ Chapter in short/ Analysis of Chapter 6/Understanding the Theme of Chapter 6
Helen describes her joy at her increasing vocabulary and how she learnt to perceive abstract concepts like ‘love’. She also appreciates Miss Sullivan’s patience at dealing with her.
Short Summary of Chapter-6 The Story of My Life by Helen Keller in Simple Words-
Helen describes her joy at expanding her vocabulary in this chapter. She learnt to name abstract feelings like love. Miss Sullivan explained things to her with great patience, connecting feelings like love to aspects in nature. Helen understood that abstract ideas could also be named. The chapter also tells us about Miss Sullivan’s determination to find a way of conversing with Helen and helping her to enter into a dialogue with those around her. She spelt out sentences into Helen’s hand instead of speaking them. It took several years for Miss Sullivan to teach her this but she persevered, determined to supply the stimulus that Helen lacked. This reveals the infinite patience and wisdom of the teacher.
Extra Important Questions and Answers of Chapter 6
- Why did Helen not question her teacher when introduced to a new thing?
Answer-Helen never questioned her teacher as her ideas were vague and her vocabulary was inadequate.
Why did Helen find it difficult to understand the meaning of the word love?
Answer-Helen found it difficult to comprehend the meaning of the word love because she understood the things that she could either smell or touch. She had no understanding of abstract ideas.
- How did Helen realise the meaning of the word ‘think’?
Answer-As Helen to string tried to string beads of different sizes in symmetrical groups of two large beads followed by three smaller ones, she kept on making mistakes but was patiently guided by her teacher. As she concentrated, trying to make sense of her mistake, her teacher spelt the word ‘think’ on her forehead. That is when she realised what it meant.
- What, according to Helen, was love?
Answer-Helen understood love to be a feeling that, like invisible lines, that bound her spirit to those of others.
- How did Miss Sullivan converse with Helen?
Answer-Miss Sullivan would spell sentences onto Helen’s hand instead of speaking them Helen would repeat verbatim what she spelt on her hands. Whenever Helen would be at a loss of words to express herself, Miss Sullivan would prompt her, supplying her a with the necessary words and idioms. She taught Helen how she could take part in a conversation like a person with normal hearing.