A whimsical story about Jack Frost, Santa Clause, Fairies, and colorful autumn leaves is sent by a hopeful little girl, wishing them it to be published. It is published, and there is a moment of happiness until it is discovered that there is a story just like it already in existence. Suddenly, a little blind, deaf girl, merely eleven is interrogated and accused of plagiarism. The stories I read say she was acquitted by merely one vote; she was one vote away from being a literary criminal. I don’t think it was fair to put so much pressure on an eleven year old, especially one as unique as Helen Keller.
One of the websites I used to learn more about the case is this one: http://helenkeller.yottadot.org/frost_king.htm . At the bottom of the page, both stories are printed. It is obvious that the two stories are the same. This is obvious plagiarism, right? Maybe so, because she is passing off someone else’s story as her own, but the way the case was handled was not right.
Just as it is obvious that these stories are the same, so it should also be obvious (as pointed out in this website http://bolesblogs.com/2014/01/27/the-frost-king-defending-helen-keller-and-other-non-superhuman-deaf-blind/) that Helen Keller probably had no idea what she was doing. Even if she remembered reading the story, did this child of merely eleven have a firm grasp on what plagiarism is? She most likely did not. This was the mistake of a child, and should have been treated as such. Luckily, she was acquitted, but this incident must have haunted her until she died.