The Miracle with Helen Keller

The Hollywood film, ‘The Miracle Worker’ portrays the difficulty Keller experienced in learning a language, when she was just a child, and it’s synonymous with the mystery surrounding Keller because she learned how to converse, despite being both deaf and blind; Keller might have had a late start in life with language, but that didn’t deter her from having her own special voice

Hellen Keller was an American deaf-blind person, who found international stardom in her life for her penmanship, activism and for being the first deaf-blind person to earn a university degree. Helen was inflicted with a rare illness, in my point of view, which makes  it impossible for her to learn Braille – the language that blind people use to read and write, or learn sign language – the language that deaf people use to communicate, because she is both deaf and blind. Keller can neither learn Braille to express herself because she’s unable to hear (and feel through touch) and associate a word with an object, like blind people do when they have learnt Braille, nor is she able to see and learn sign language and then also associate a sign with an object, like deaf people do when they have learnt sign language.

It’s an extraordinarily different kind of illness and this sets Keller apart from people with disabilities just like her: those who are deaf or those who are blind, but never both together – millions of people around the world are sadly blind, or deaf. And yet Helen, who is doubly more disabled than a blind or deaf person, miraculously overcomes her personal barriers to become just like any woman in the world. The reason behind this is Helen’s teacher: Anne Sullivan, who’s blind herself and astoundingly lacking in reading/writing abilities; Anne eventually became Helen’s governess and even earned her companionship – the two had a forty-nine-year-long relationship, despite what’s portrayed in the movie The Miracle Worker (1962), which was based on Helen’s autobiography.

The Miracle Worker (1962)

In the movie, Helen Keller (Patty Duke) constantly has violent and uncontrollable outbursts because given that Keller’s both blind and deaf since birth, Keller is unable to converse or express herself. Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) then turns things around for Keller when she teaches her to associate an object with a sign, which describes it. Both Braille and sign language had long been invented since Keller’s birth in the 1880s but despite being from a relatively well-to-do family (Keller’s from an army background, which runs really deep), Helen is unable to use either to express herself because of her disease.

Born in 1880 at a homestead in Alabama, Helen Keller initially had no defects in eyesight or hearing. But when she was only a little over a year old, Keller was inflicted with either scarlet fever or meningitis – both her brain and stomach was in a congested state; it’s a medical condition, which can be described as both her organs were blocked up because it’s filled with something too much; this medical condition, in the end, made Keller both deaf and blind.

Before Sullivan entered her life, Helen was able to communicate with the home cook’s daughter using signs and her vocabulary eventually expanded to include sixty signs, which had certain similarities to both sign and spoken languages and she would use this to converse with her family. This means that Helen could construct simple sentences and also words and they they are kind of similar to each other even though each sign is isolated from another.

It’s extraordinary that Helen even had a vocabulary of her own, or learned to communicate in the end because she almost evolved into a wild child, brought up in isolation and these kinds of deaf children mostly don’t exhibit signs of any knowledge over language – they have extreme difficulty with the learning of a language. Helen had already taught herself how to live with her disabilities but when Kate Adams (Helen’s mother) learned from Charles Dickens’ American Notes of the education of another deaf-blind woman (Laura Bridgman), Adams made Keller visit a physician specialized in eye, ear, nose and throat, who referred her to Alexander Graham Bell (the inventor of the telephone), who in turn suggested Kate drop by the Perkins Institute for the Blind, where Bridgman had been taught.

Anne Sullivan was approached for Helen Keller when she was only twenty-years-old, and Anne was a former student at Perkins. In March 1887, Sullivan and Keller begin their association. At first, it’s not an easy one because Keller is frustrated she cannot grasp that every object is associated with a word, which describes what it is. In one shocking episode: when Anne attempts to teach Keller the word for ‘mug’, Keller’s frustration leads her to break the mug. The following month, Keller finally gets her big break in expressing herself: her teacher runs cool water over Keller’s one palm, and makes motions on Keller’s other palm – this makes Keller identify what water is, but with symbols, instead of words.

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Strong Stripes: Graphic Striped Pants

 


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Summer Poppies by Simon Fairless
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Blau and the Train Carriage

Blau is inside her train to Moscow. Her emerald locket had helped her to time travel back to the past and using her teleportation skills, granted by a floss of Snowball’s fur, Blau met many people. Her train carriage is immobile, leading Blau to think that the train must have stopped at one of the train stations on its route to Moscow. Her dog, Snowball is ecstatic to see her, jumping up and down, trying to lick its master’s face.

Snowball: Master, you should get some food.
Blau: Why? Did you not eat your tea biscuits I left before going to Paris?
Snowball: I did. But we are talking about you.
Blau: I’ll get something later.
Snowball: Alright!…Did anyone know about my magical fur?
Blau: No. I made sure it was kept a good secret. Don’t want to freak people out about a magical dog.
Snowball (chuckles): That would be the best thing. According to my knowledge, we are a nearly extinct and extremely rarely discovered species.
Blau: Oh? Anyone else knows of a magical dog but me?
Snowball: Just the people looking after the natural reserve we call home in Australasia.
Blau: I feel it’s best if I lie down for a little bit and stretch my back. Feel quite tired from all the travelling. Our train’s not moving – I think it’s stopped at a train station.
Snowball: Oh?
Blau: You want a look at the view? Come on! Jump up on my bed!
Snowball jumps up on Blau’s bed, as she draws the brown curtains back from the window.
Snowball: How come all I can see is snow and a river?
Blau: Oh! We are at one of the back carriages. The train is very long and only the front part of the train would have stopped at the station.
Snowball: Yeah?
Blau: Yeah! The view is normally horrible from our window anyways.
Snowball: I think it was the cheapest carriage too!
Blau: Yeah!

Unbeknownst to Blau and Snowball, their train carriage is stationed because a gargoyle has made sure of it. The gargoyle had unhooked the train carriage a very long time ago but Blau wasn’t there to notice it, and Snowball…well, she’s a dog, and a hare-brained one. The atmosphere in the train is innocent, as a contrast to the reality which Blau and Snowball are in but neither are aware of – Blau tries to get some sleep but all she can do is toss and turn over a span of fifteen minutes.

Blau: Gosh! It’s taking an awful lot of time for the train to move once more. Wonder what’s keeping them…
Snowball: I know. It’s so boring.

Just then, Blau and Snowball hear the blowing of a loud whistle and the sound of wheels churning. It sounds like it’s coming from behind Blau’s carriage and like a really distant travelling train but Blau’s train is still immobile. Blau gets up from her bed, pushes her carriage’s window open and pops her head out to see what’s taking their train this long to restart their journey. Blau notices that there is no train attached their carriage – it’s just their carriage standing immobile on train tracks and what looks like a very long bridge, over a river.

On her right, there is another train coming their way bellowing it’s whistle, at periodic intervals and spouting steam out into the sky. Quickly grabbing Snowball, Blau gets herself out of the carriage but there is no time left for her to cross the bridge and into a snowy mountainous terrain, at the spot where the bridge ends because the young girl cannot match the speed of the emerging train that’s coming her way.

Blau jumps from the bridge into the river, at the precise moment the train touches the railway tracks on the bridge. Blau notices whilst falling from the bridge (into the river) that the train crashes with their carriage and keeps moving, on the bridge, but it’s not long before she and her dog both fall deep into the very cold river, with a noisy (and freezing) splash.

Bollywood @ Cannes 2017

White, yellow and red…how three Bollywood stars defined fashion at Cannes this year

The breathtaking display of gowns at the French Riviera once again saw its annual addition of Bollywood glamour, with an interesting display of stars and their costume selections. It’s hard to pick favourites but I liked Deepika Padukone’s ensemble presentations, the most, for its very striking colour choices. Meanwhile, Sonam Kapoor managed to startle because I found she looked ravishing in a nude-coloured gown, but the most surprising thing this year was perhaps that Aishwarya Rai, a regular at the Cannes circuit, had really managed to put a good fashion foot forward and avoid any fashion missteps, unlike a fair few times in the past.

Deepika Padukone

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Sonam Kapoor

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Aishwarya Rai

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Stunner ❤️❤️❤️

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