Miracle Worker


Title ? The Miracle Worker
Author ? William Gibson
Setting ? This book is primarily set in the Keller homestead of Tuscumbia, Alabama during the 1880s. The story also takes place in the Perkins Institution of Boston briefly.
Characters ? Helen Keller, Captain Arthur Keller (Helen?s father), Kate Keller (Helen?s mother), Aunt Ev (Helen?s aunt and Kate?s sister), Annie Sullivan, Mr. Anagnos, a Doctor, Viney (a Negro servant), James Keller (Helen?s brother), Martha and Percy (two Negro children).
Plot Summary ? This book chronicles the life of a remarkable girl, Helen Keller, who was both deaf and blind. The Keller family took Helen to one specialist after another, desperately searching for answers. Most people saw this frightened child as a wild animal, without the slightest hope of becoming "normal". However, Annie Sullivan, a kind, patient young woman saw potential in Helen. She struggled with Helen and eventually succeeded in making her not only a productive member of society, but one of the most inspirational figures in history.

The Miracle Worker, written by William Gibson, is a play based on the true story of Helen Keller, a woman widely known for her struggle against blindness and deafness.
This play gives the reader an insight of Helen?s everyday hardships and quality of life. It provides a true understanding of the doubts and low expectations held by the people around her, and helps you to really appreciate her remarkable achievements.
The play opens with Helen as a seemingly healthy infant, but little time passes before a dreadful discovery is made. After Helen is diagnosed as deaf and blind, her parents seek all available medical advice in the hopes of a miracle or cure. In the beginning of the story, Helen behaves in a primitive manner, throwing constant tantrums and disobeying her parents. Her prognosis is beyond unfavorable, and most people have given up all hope in her.
Helen?s parents tried their best to give Helen a chance at becoming a productive member of society. Their support of her is evident in their frequent medical visits to specialists, in the hopes of finding a cure or even a miracle. However, they received the same dismal answers everywhere they looked. Their harmful effects on her appeared after they began to give up hope and lose all faith in her. To avoid her tantrums, Helen?s parents gave her what she wanted, therefore, allowing her illness to take over.
By the middle of the story, Annie Sullivan, a caring 20 year-old woman, saw beyond Helen?s animalistic qualities into the soul of a frightened little girl. With the help of Annie?s patience and determination, Helen began to improve. She was no longer granted whatever it was that she wanted, and had to work towards becoming civilized. Annie strived to teach Helen Braille, manners, and everyday skills.
At the end of the play, Helen has been transformed into a refined citizen. She has respect for others, self-esteem, patience, and a sense of right and wrong. She is nothing short of the "miracle" her parents had searched for, although she has not been cured, but rather conditioned. Annie and Helen should share responsibility for this "miracle," because it was their hard work that made it possible. Without Annie, Helen would have been trapped forever in her dark existence as a misunderstood and primitive woman. Annie helped Helen to experience the joys of life, but Helen also had to strive for her own success. Together, their winning combination changed Helen's life forever.
The life of Helen Keller has been an inspiration to many people all over the world, including people that do not even suffer from an illness. I think Helen was very brave and courageous for believing in herself and becoming educated, even though all odds were against her. I think that she is such an inspiration because what she did was not easy, and she set herself a goal and accomplished it. We should set aside something and do it, just like Helen did. She is a role model for me because I admire her accomplishments, especially her college degree, which is hard for even a healthy person to achieve. Helen inspires handicapped people because they find themselves in her shoes, with a gloomy prognosis and not much hope, and can appreciate how far she came.
The story of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker can be compared to the story of another inspiration, John Gunther