Character Analysis: The Miracle Worker

993 Words 4 Pages
The Miracle Worker, written by William Gibson, is a nonfiction play written in 1957. The play is based off of the life of Helen Keller, who was diagnosed being blind and deaf at a young age, due to an illness. When Helen was about the age of six, the Kellers higher a teacher named Anne Sullivan, who was hired to teach Helen language by Captain Keller. Having been blind before, Anne had much experience and motivation to teach Helen. After many surgeries, Anne was in fact able to see, just not very well. Sullivan stayed with the Kellers in their home located in Alabama. Throughout the play, Sullivan teaches Helen not only language, but her family a lesson too. As seen throughout the drama, pity on an individual is the worst handicap a child can …show more content…
Before Anne arrives, Kate arrives at the train station to retrieve Anne as soon as she gets off her train from Boston. Before Kate leaves, she exhibits pity towards Helen because she is leaving her to go get Anne. To fulfill the short absence of Kate Keller, she gives Helen a treat. For example, Kate states, “Here. For while I’m gone… I don’t think one peppermint drop will spoil your supper” (Gibson 502). The treat not only shows pity towards Helen, but it also is a method Kate is using to make her feel as if she is placating her daughter. Another example of pity during this act is exhibited when Captain Keller gave Helen another sweet because dinner was not ready. To show, Keller tells Helen, “Here. I brought you some stick candy, one nibble of sweets can’t do any harm” (Gibson 503). With the guilt of not understanding how to assist Helen, Captain Keller shows pity towards Helen through the method of giving her a sweets, just like Kate did. The act of giving Helen a treat occurs again, but in this occurrence from Viney. Viney once again giving Helen a treat, shows pity towards Helen because she believes that Helen is missing her mother. With almost the whole family showing pity towards Helen, she receives these sweets in order to feel better about themselves, and Helen’s situation. This negatively affected Helen because she could not eat supper that night; also, by always having to give her a treat, the family will not be able to teach her

Related Documents