Teacher Anne Sullivan Macy By: Helen Keller Year of Publication: 1955 Anne Sullivan Macy Anne Sullivan Macy was born on April 4, 1866 in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. Her parents were poor Irish immigrants. Anne had trouble with her eyes her whole life. When Anne was eight years old her mother died and two years later her father left. Anne’s younger sister went to live with relatives and Anne and her younger brother Jimmie were sent to the State Infirmary, the almshouse at Tewksbury.
Since Helen could no longer hear what her parents were saying or see where they were doing or what they were motioning at, she did anything she wanted until she was grabbed. When Helen turned six, in 1886, her mother took her to a specialist doctor in Baltimore, Maryland, who then referred her to Alexander Graham Bell. Alexander gave Helen a teacher named Anne Sullivan. Later in august of 1896 Helen lost her father and 25 years later, Kate Keller, her mother, died from an anonymous illness. As a child, Helen was difficult, since you couldn’t get her attention without grabbing her, and even then you couldn’t tell her anything.
Her problems began early in her life. She had five brothers and sisters and was not given all of the attention she needed. This was difficult because she had a short temper and demanded a lot of attention. When Mary was four her baby brother died. She didn?t know what exactly happened, but she still showed that she was hurt by his death.
After his mother determined that he was unharmed, she beat him so badly he lost consciousness. When Richard and his brother were very young, Nathan Wright, their father, abandoned the family, plunging them into poverty. Richard's constant hunger made him extremely bitter toward his absent father. Over the next few years, Ella, Richard's mother, would desperately attempt to feed, clothe, and shelter her children. Her long hours of work often meant leaving her children with little supervision.
Anne Sullivan was considered virtually blind as a child and raised with her younger brother Jimmie Sullivan in a state infirmary. Anne and her brother were abandoned by their abusive father at a young age shortly after their mother passing. After numerous treatments Anne had managed to recover a portion of her eye sight allowing her to read for short periods of time. The time spent in the infirmary was filled with chaos and fear, denying Jimmie treatment for a life threatening disease tuberculosis; leaving Anne alone with no family l...
Their mother had died of tuberculosis and their father had left them. None of their relatives wanted them because Annie was nearly blind and Jimmie had something wrong with his hip and had to walk with a crutch. Annie's one year old sister was taken right away by her aunt and uncle because she was darling. Nobody knew where to send them so that's how she ended up at the infirmary. A few months after they had arrived, Jimmie got deathly ill.
Esperanza Cordero is a very troubled patient of mine. Her family lives at poverty level, because the father is a gardener and her mother is a housewife, and has moved around many times in these early years of Esperanza’s life. Esperanza is very ashamed of things, depressed, but yet she is a very intelligent and caring young girl. She has gone through many terrifying and disturbing experiences in her life. She has been raped, her aunt died, her father getting devastated over her grandfather’s death, and she has not yet formed any friendships with other kids.
Somewhere between the ages of nine and eleven Manya lost both, her mother from tuberculosis, and her eldest sister from typhus. This had a significant impact on Manya, as it sent her into a depressed state of being. It was said she was never allowed to kiss her mother, “and she was not told why-which was a typical attitude for that time.”(Giroud 13) Soon after the death of his wife, Marie’s father soon lost not only his job, but also his life’s savings. The Sklodowska family values were solid, and based on a loving and loyal relat... ... middle of paper ... ... work, countless lives were saved by the detection of bullets and shrapnel. Although France was not her native country, her patriotism was exemplary of the woman Marie was.
But in February of 1882 when Helen was about two years old disaster struck the Keller household. Helen got meningitis, an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membrane, which left Helen bedridden. Both her parents were left devastated as one by one each doctor would stop to say that their golden daughter was going to die, but they did not give in, Helen’s parents went to every doctor in town. Even neighbouring towns too, believing that their young daughter would survive. It was because of their optimism and dedication that Helen survived as her fever broke.
In the 1880s the law classed individuals both deaf and blind as idiots. A physician who examined her, however, believed that Keller’s intelligence could be developed, and her parents had hope for her. They had read Charles Dickens’ report of the aid given to another blind and deaf girl, Laura Bridgman. When Helen was 6 years old, her parents took her to see Alexander Graham Bell, famed teacher of the deaf and inventor of the telephone. As a result of his advice, Anne Mansfield Sullivan began to teach Helen on March 3, 1887.