"The Miracle Worker": Anne Sullivan

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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...