Love In The Miracle Worker

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“If love is judged by its visible effects, it often looks more like hatred.” As stated in the quote, individuals tend to express their affection towards their beloved in rather aggressive manners, and thus the process of transferring one’s love to another often times are interpreted as hatred. However, this is only when love is judged to the extent of visible effects. The actions actually show insight of their genuine love, but it’s the clumsiness in expressing that people mistakenly perceive as “loathing” and “detestation.” As a result, the relationship of people are developed in contrary to the original intent of the individual’s actions, creating disputes. In William Gibson’s drama based novel, The Miracle Worker, the characters also struggle…show more content…
In the beginning, Keller consistently rejected James rude behaviors. In one instance when James refers Kate as Mrs. Keller instead of mother, Keller counters James stating, “(heavily) Mrs. Keller. Must you always speak of her as though you haven’t met the lady?” (Gibson 24). The stage direction of Keller’s tone being heavy infers the high volume of Keller’s strictness towards James’ unreasonable attitude. As the story is progressed, the frequent clashes between the two characters gradually builds the relationship gradually to be more antagonistic. Eventually, James at one point starts to fear Keller when he pleads Keller “(in pain) Don’t-don’t-” (Gibson 83). The stage direction of James’ painful tone while interacting with Keller proves the corruption of their relationship as James begins to fear and hate Keller. However, Keller’s aggressive actions towards James has a completely opposite intention from the current result. Keller deep inside hoped for James to change his impolite manners and start having respects towards different people. Keller’s true purpose is validated during his conversation with Kate when he claims, “...you’d think I treat him as hard as this girl does Helen… But he has to learn some respect!” (Gibson, 84). As a father, Keller wanted James to…show more content…
The actions one character perform upon another can be viewed as aggressive and violent, but actually it’s the characters’ clumsiness in expressing their love that motivated readers to perceive their relationships as hostile. It’s how Keller, Kate, and Annie are all strict and rigorous towards their beloved, but their true intention infers their in-depth love in hoping good for the beloved. Although love can sometimes be expressed in harsh and severe methods, the author utilizes the relationships among the characters to allude readers the beauty of inner love, and the value of it. Love should have its internal side considered than to be only judged by its visible effects. Therefore, if love is judged by its visible effects, it often looks more like hatred, but when explored deeper, the author hopes readers to realize people’s tendency in expressing their sincere love in whatever
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