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Helen Keller - Charactor Description

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Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood."' (Helen Keller... In the play The Miracle Worker, William Gibson shows how if you have enough determination, you can achieve what others think to be the impossible. Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since birth because of a severe case of scarlet fever, is in danger of being sent to an asylum as her inability to communicate. Helens parents tried their best to give her a chance at becoming a productive member of society. Annie Sullivan, from the Perkins institution for the blind, from Boston, is hired by the Keller family to teach Helen; which has never successfully been done before.

Helen Keller is a character who is visually impaired. She uses her sense of touch to get around the house. The Keller family let's Helen eat of their plates because they don't want to deal with her. Annie despises this behaviour. Annie teaches Helen how to eat properly with a fork and knife, as well, to learn how to fold her napkin, but dispute comes between them. Annie finally gets Helen to eat with proper manners after the huge miscommunication. Annie gazes up at Kate, "She ate from her own plate... She ate with a spoon, herself"' (69). Annie's determination led her to teach Helen how to use proper manners at the dinner table, and nothing got in the way of that thought to lead Helen into the right direction.



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