The Miracle Worker

Many people know who Helen Keller is. As a girl she was rendered blind, deaf, and dumb due to scarlet fever. Throughout the years there was a struggle with her parents understanding who she was. That would not have been possible if it was not for Anne Sullivan. On October 20, 1936 she passed away, yet she left a legacy as the teacher who broke through to Helen Keller, even after many had given up.

Helen Keller is a blind, deaf, and dumb (mute) girl. She is coddled and spoiled by her parents who give into her outbursts. However, her parents decide that it would be best if they got a teacher for Helen. In steps Anne Sullivan, a young woman who has been seeing impaired since birth and recently graduate from Perkins School for the Blind. When Anne arrives she discovers that she is not making the progress she hoped for in the beginning. After talking with her parents, Anne takes Helen to live in a cottage with her alone for a couple of weeks. While living with Helen, Anne is unable to break through to her. However, after her homecoming Helen accidentally spills water on herself from a well. This leads to a long awaited breakthrough Anne has been waiting for. Using her hands to spell words out in Helen’s hands, she is able to teach Helen allowing her the education she needs to survive in the world around her.

Anne Sullivan passed away on October 20, 1936, yet she left her mark on the world. If it was not for Anne Sullivan’s time and patience, the world would have lost Helen Keller. The two of them were able to work together allowing Helen to become one of the most celebrated activists. Anne Sullivan was able to help Helen in her life become who she was as she brought her out the darkness.

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