The Miracle Worker: Ideas and Activities

The Miracle Worker is a three-act play by William Gibson. The story is based on Annie Sullivan's heroic efforts in the 1880s to teach her new pupil, Helen Keller. At the beginning of the play, an illness renders baby Helen blind and deaf and, therefore, mute. Pitied and badly spoiled by her parents, Helen learns no discipline and grows into a wild, raging child by the age of six. Desperate, the Kellers hire a young governess, Annie Sullivan. After several fierce battles with her new charge, a determined Annie convinces the Kellers to give her two weeks alone with their child. In that time, she teaches Helen discipline and fingerspellings for words. The child ultimately comes to understand the fingerspellings as language in a dramatic "miracle" at the play's end.

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