Helen Keller's “Three Days to See” Analysis

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Helen Keller's “Three Days to See” Analysis

By | December 2010
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Helen Keller was an exceptionally talented author, political activist, and an inspirational lecturer. Many of her works express the simple fragments of life which, together, fabricate the essence of living. As demonstrated in her essay “Three Days to See” Helen brings forward her imagination and desire to further understand the world in a depiction of what she would do should she be given the use of her sight for just 3 days.

Over this period, Helen wishes see as much as she can. In the first day Helen wants to see her companions whom have made her “life worth living”. Most people can recognize and distinguish their friends within a crowd, or imagine the features of an attractive idol; these abilities are just assumed to be standard and thus insignificant. Yet, through the eyes of Helen for just this day, she would gaze onto the faces of her friends, her loyal dogs and a young child, and then imprint those images within her mind. When the afternoon approaches she’ll stroll through the hidden paths of the forest, and admire the colors of a sunset. Sleep shouldn’t overcome her excitement that night.

On her second and third days Helen continues to narrate the events of her sightseeing. To mark the start of the second day, she will awake to be in awe of daybreak; Helen describes the spectacle in a most heart-warming way: “I should arise with the dawn and see the thrilling miracle by which night is transformed into day. I should behold with awe the magnificent panorama of light with which the sun awakens the sleeping earth.” Without a doubt by this phrase, most readers would bow their heads in shame for the countless mornings wasted on pampering or lazing off until the mid hours of the day, I myself would be no exception. During her day she would plough through various museums. Firstly, at a history museum Helen would be seen laying her eyes on the summary the earth; the past of man, animal, and nature. Following that, she’ll visit a museum of art, where the...