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Introduction to The Miracle Worker

English Project

Theresa Rosset

on 13 April 2011

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Transcript of Introduction to The Miracle Worker

Introduction to The Miracle Worker William Gibson Born on March 17, 1914
Mother encouraged him to achieve more then normal goals Mother tutored him so that he could skip grades in school He started buying notebooks hoping to fill them with a novel about an uncle who has died in the war He did not excel at school because of his fascinations with books He struggled to keep up with his classmates in an accelerated high school He was published in the school newspaper after winning an award The class predicted that he will one day be a Hollywood writer A literature professor coupled with his explusion which motivated him to devote his life to writing It took Gibson twenty years to make a living on his chosen profession Both of his most popular plays were produced on Broadway and made into motion pictures Gibson lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts Helen Keller She was born June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia She is the daughter of Captain Arthur Henley Keller and Kate Adams Keller Her father served the Confederate Army during the American civil war Captain Keller earned a living as both a cotton plantaion owner, also the editor of a weekly local newspaper To this day her the nature of her ailment remains a mystery The doctor's at the time called it "Brain Fever", modern day doctor's think it may have been scarlet fever or meningitis Anne Sullivan Helen's mother soon noticed her daughter was failing to answer to the dinner bell when it rang or when her mother waved her hand infront of her daughter's eyes It became apparent that Helen's illness had left her both deaf and blind Relatives thought she was a monster and should be put into an institution • Her parents were given confirmation that Helen would never see or hear again but the doctor told them not to give up hope. •The doctor believed Helen could be taught and he advised them to visit a local expert on the problems of deaf children. She is the miracle worker She was born in April, 1866, in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts Her father drank excessively and worked inconsistently, her mother suffered from tuberculosis When Anne was 5, she got trachoma which a disease of the eyes This disease was left untreated, she lost her vision slowly, even though she was not totally blind On February 22,1876 Anne and her younger brother Jimmie were sent to the state almshouse in Tewksury, Massachusetts When Anne was 10, Thomas Sullivan left his family Jimmie had been born with a tubecular hip and died a short time after thier father left them March of 1887 Anne began her lifelong role as Helen Keller's beloved teacher In 1900,, Anne went with Helen to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Helen was admitted to Radcliffe College, Anne went with Helen to every class, spelling into her hand all the lectures, demonstrations, and assignments •People who knew Anne and Helen were amazed at Anne’s capability to teach Helen more then other deaf and blind students had ever learned before She died June 1, 1968, she was 87, she died of natural causes
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