The Miracle Worker Character Analysis

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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King Jr. once stated these meaningful words about always having hope. Throughout the nonfiction drama, The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, Anne Sullivan, or Annie, was hired to teach blind and deaf—due to a horrible illness at such a young age—Helen Keller a variety of life skills. Anne Sullivan came across many problems when teaching Helen Keller. Despite these troubles, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller’s mother (Kate), Helen Keller’s father (Captain Keller), and other family members tried to never lose hope in Helen’s capabilities. All of their determination, especially Annie’s, was driven by their hope for Helen’s success. The Miracle Worker really portrayed how one must believe and have hope in order for their dreams to come true. From the beginning, in Act I of The Miracle Worker, people like Kate and Annie had hope that Helen would get better and be bright enough to soak in information. Kate—Helen’s loving and caring mother—would do anything to help Helen improve her health, or to act somewhat like an ordinary child. One part of the play which would help illustrate Kate’s hope is when Keller stated, “Katie. How many times can you let them break your heart?” Kate’s response was, “Any number of times” (Gibson 497). In this scene, Captain Keller was asking Kate how many times she could let a doctor disappoint her about the fact that there was nothing they can do about Helen’s condition. Her
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