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"The Miracle Worker": Anne Sullivan Essay

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In the film "The Miracle Worker", Anne Sullivan is a woman with such determination to encourage Helen Keller to come out from the world of "black" and enter the world of "colour." Helen Keller is a remarkable woman who contracts illnesses that left her blind, deaf, and unable to speak, and is considered backwards of intelligence. She lives in a dark and hopeless world of her own, until age seven, when she is placed in the care of her teacher Anne Sullivan. Anne Sullivan demonstrates an assortment of characteristics of a God-teacher. In the film, Anne Sullivan is willing to teach Helen Keller the answers to the hidden mysteries of life, giving her a glimpse of a better world, and is willing to improve the Keller family.Anne Sullivan is a person who is considerate with knowledge and she is devoted to teach Helen the answers to life's hidden mysteries. Annie becomes a live-in teacher. She immediately began to use finger spelling in Helen's hand to name objects. Helen quickly learns the finger-spell patterns but considers them a game and does not yet relate them to names for objects. She also does not accept her teacher's authority and continues with her wild ravings. I saw clearly that it was useless to try to teach her language or anything else until she learned to obey me. I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of a child. --Anne Sullivan. For a time, Annie and Helen live in a separate house away from the family, because of Annie's concerns about the family interfere in her attempts to create structure. Eventually, the behavior problems are brought under control, but Helen still doesn't understand words. The communication breakthrough came with a trip to the well.Inspiration is a word that best describes Anne Sullivan for what she has...

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