Interpretations of Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life

Jhamtse Gatsal students

Sumchoo Drolma and Tenzin Drolma A. Photo by Dorjee Norbu


This year, Class X has been enjoying exploring Helen Keller’s poetic and poignant autobiography, The Story of My Life. As we crest the midpoint of the book, the students pause to reflect on its most striking messages and themes.

Tsering Wangmo A:

She wrote this story to tell us or share her emotions, feelings, and her experiences, how does a blind and deaf person face problems without others’ help.

Phurpa Yangzom:

Helen Keller wrote this because she is both deaf and blind. She struggled a lot in her life and she wants to share experiences of her life and if someone is both deaf and blind then how much they get difficulties and face a lot to live. The message is that if both deaf and blind can do it, then why others can’t do because we have both. It also gives us that good relationship between each other and if we face most difficult thing in our life, then we can easily do any problem. There is also room for goodness.

Sumchoo Drolma:

She wrote this story to give courage to the people who give up and the person thinks that they can’t do anything, by giving her example that she is bland and she can do whatever she wants.

Rinchen Tsering:

The messages of Helen Keller’s story is that even if we are born with physical problems, such as blind, deaf, or maybe handicapped, no matter. Always think positive and you can be what you wish to be. Mainly most people give up very quickly. That’s the reason why most people don’t achieve their goals. Even if we got a small problem in our life, we are just afraid to go further and stuck on one place.

Sangey Drolma:

Helen Keller’s story was very sad because she had a very difficult life and she was telling us. In our life, we have many problems and difficulties, but no matter whatever they say. Sometimes people said bad things for others, and then the people give up very easily.

Tsandang Lhamo:

Helen Keller did something good by writing this beautiful story about her life to show a path or way to make our life more meaningful and successful and live as a human even if we are suffering. There is always a solution to overcome any suffering and obstacles.

Namgey Chodron B:

I think she wrote this book because to give us courage and encourage us to develop in life. Even if we are in a dark world, we should never give up in life. The messages are gain knowledge as much as you can. Avoid anger and hate. Be happy. Don’t worry. If there is dark, no matter, anyhow we will get way to overcome the dark. The important themes are love, education, relationships, and to have a teacher.

Dorjee Norbu:

Its important themes are hope has to be; you can do many things that you haven’t thought before or haven’t seen before at all. The impossible can change into the possible things.

Pema Drolma A:

The messages that we get from the story of Helen Keller is never be hopeless. Have faith and courage in yourself. No matter what’s going on with you, you can overcome that suffering and pain, because after every night there is the light of day. Helen Keller is a girl with lots of problems with hearing, speaking, and seeing, but with a strong desire and hard work she did something that was beyond her capability, but giving us an important message that nothing is impossible if you don’t give up.

The themes of this book/story are from feelings of neglect, suffering, and rejection to happiness, adventure, and helping others. To have courage, do hard work, and especially be a good companion like Miss Sullivan who can understand us the way we are, not the way they are.

Tenzin Drolma A:

The themes of all the story seem to be barriers and love. The message of the story seems to be that there is always a way to overcome the problems. She gives the confidence to overcome any problems by showing her examples.

Namgey Chodron A:

She wrote this story to give a hope. The theme of this story is knowledge can give us love, light and vision and knowledge is the weapon to get rid of all the difficulties.

Tsewang Lhamo:

She is telling that all the great men of the world are not born with much a talented mind or being a great man. They become great men because of their dedication and hard work. The message she gives to us is that that knowledge isn’t about reading books and how knowledge can change our life.

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4 Responses to Interpretations of Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life

  1. Veronica says:

    I really enjoyed reading your answers.

    “They become great men because of their dedication and hard work.”

    Very true!

  2. Jerry & Gaby says:

    Just absolutely wonderful, bravo Class X, bravo Sandy

  3. Nischal says:

    Beautiful! Proud of them!
    Great job Sandy.

  4. Julie B. says:

    Wonderful insight from every student! I love how the truths revealed by Helen Keller transcend time, generations, and cultures. Bravo!

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