The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker

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  • Captain, could you- Captain!!! Oh, she cannot see- nor hear!
  • Arthur, I think that the eye doctor in Baltimore might know a way to cure little Helen..
  • Please, Captain?
  • Fine, I´ll write to him soon, Katie.
  • Cap´n Keller! Miss Annie is ´ere from Baltimore!
  • One night on the Keller Homestead, the Keller's felt relieved as they now knew that even after Helen had been diagnosed with Acute Congestion, she would be okay. When the doctor left, it left just little Helen Keller and Kate Keller in the bedroom. Kate is looking down lovingly at Helen, when Kate notices that Helen is not blinking. Kate started rapidly snapping in Helen's face. Helen fails to react to Kate´s hand movements. Kate immediately calls for Captain Keller. When he arrives in the room, Kate explains what is wrong. They notice that Helen didn't even react to Kate´s shrieks. This was the horrific moment that they discovered that Helen could not see nor hear.
  • What?!
  • In order for Helen to learn, she has to depend on me day and night. I request that she spend a few weeks in the small garden house with me.
  • Fine. If that´s what it takes to fix her.
  • A few years later, Helen has grown into a wild, young girl. Helen does not know manners, how to eat properly, or the difference between right and wrong. Kate has sent Helen to many different doctors, and specialists, yet Helen has not made any actual improvement.She violently tries to cut Martha, the servants daughter with scissors, her mother scolds her. Aunt Ev, a relative of Helen´s, suggests that the Keller´s send Helen to an eye specialist up in Maryland, hopeful for a miracle to happen. After writing a letter, he learns about a young teacher named Annie Sullivan. Hopeless and desperate, the Keller family decides to send Miss Sullivan to teach little Helen.
  • Wa-Wa.
  • Yes! Yes! W-A-T-E-R. Water. This is Water! Mrs. Keller! Come here!
  • Finally, after long days of travel, Annie Sullivan arrives on the Keller homestead. Captain Keller walks out of the house as the servant, Viney calls for him outside by the pump. As everyone boards off of the carriage, Captain Keller has his first glance of Annie. As everyone walks to the entrance of the house, Captain Keller asks Kate that how such a young girl would be able to help a disabled girl such as Helen. Even though Captain Keller is doubtful of her, Annie was almost blind herself when she was younger. After interacting with Helen the first time, Annie learns that Helen is stubborn and smart, just like herself. In the first hour of meeting Helen, Annie tries to teach her sign language. Or in Helen´s case, a finger game. Annie also learns that if Helen desires something, she gets it. Annie's job is to teach Helen discipline, and to make Helen understand that things have names.
  • Yes! T-E-A-C-H-E-R, Teacher! That´s what you call me, Helen.
  • Oh, Captain! It´s a miracle!!
  • Weeks after Annie Sullivan arrives, Annie is concerned. Helen still just thinks sign language is a finger game, and has not been fully disciplined. Annie decides that if Helen is to be taught, then it is better for her to be away from her family and home, for they are the main reason for Helen´s tantrums and wild behavior. When Annie suggests this to Kate and Captain Keller, Kate is completely against this. Annie finds a way to convince her, but this leaves her with only two weeks to teach Helen, and for a miracle to happen. Annie decides that her and Helen could stay in the small garden house on the Keller´s property. When they arrived Helen runs frantically around, wondering where her mother is. During those two weeks, Helen Keller learned how to eat from utensils, and was taught discipline.
  • After those two weeks in the garden house ended, Helen finally got to see her parents. Kate swept Helen up into her arms and gave her a big hug. It was hard for Kate to stop worrying about Helen during those two weeks. When Annie told the Keller´s that Helen had good manners, and even ate from her plate, the Keller's were more than satisfied. Annie however, was definitely not. She needed more time to teach Helen. At dinner that night, Helen dropped her napkin. At first, Annie picked it up because she thought it was a mistake. Then Helen dropped it once again. After that she threw her fork on the ground, and started a great tantrum. Annie was afraid this would happen. It was just another battle in the kitchen. Helen splashed a pitcher of water on Annie, who was furious. Annie grabbed Helen, and tugged her outside to refill the pitcher. Annie started pumping water, while Helen held the pitcher under the pump.Annie spells W-A-T-E-R. Helen spells water back. Helen's face lights up. She knew. Annie frantically spells water into her palm over and over again. Annie shouts for the Keller's to come.
  • Kate and Captain Keller ran outside. Helen runs to both of them, spelling words frantically and asking what they mean´t. Annie froze, too shocked on what had just happened to react. She had done it. It was a miracle. Helen had changed forever. Finally, when things had quieted down, Helen walked to Annie, and put out her palm to ask what to call Annie. Annie spelled T-E-A-C-H-E-R into Helen's palm. Then she spells: ¨I love Helen forever and ever and ever.¨
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