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the miracle worker

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PLAY
water pump
Helen goes here multiple times (with the key, the pitcher, etc.) it is her place of refuge and where her miracle took place
battle of vicksburg
North (Annie) vs. South (Keller) for Helen's independence. Annie, like the Northern general, is more stubborn,
suitcase
Annie vs. Keller, Annie asserting her independence, foreshadows Annie "winning" with Helen
chick hatching from the egg
Helen breaking free from the constraints of not being able to communicate
key
locking Helen in to teach her; when helen gives Annie it, it shows that she trusts Annie
locked doors
like Helen's ability to communicate, they are necessary in her learning. when the doors are unlocked, helen is also free
the well
Helen asserts herself by hiding the key here; it shows Helen's intelligence and the fact that she has potential and will be able to progress
water
Helen's miracle of language; her first word, she threw it in Annie's face, knew the word by 6 months old, etc.
pity
it is a debilitating handicap and serves to stifle Helen's learning
transformation/change
all characters must change in order for Helen to transform. Kate/Keller must relinquish control; James needs to learn to stand up to Keller; Annie needs to change her methods to reach Helen
resurrection
2nd chance for love between Annie and Helen; Helen's resurrection with language; Keller/James relationship resurrected
language and meaning
understanding language and meaning sets Helen free and makes her independent
stubbornness
Annie's stubbornness contributes to Helen's awakening; she outlasts Kate, Keller, and Helen by being more stubborn
north vs. south
Annie is North: strong, stubborn, independent. Keller is South: decorum, manners, appeasement, being proper and authoritative. annie's northern mentality overcomes southern sentimentalities to help Helen transform
ivy green
name of the Keller homestead
tuscumbia, alabama
location of Ivy Green
perkins school for the blind
the school Annie attended
watertown, massachusetts
location of the Perkins School for the Blind
tewksbury, massachusetts
location of the state almshouse where Annie stayed as a little girl
Radcliffe College
sister school of Harvard, for women only, where Helen attended college
cambridge, massachusetts
location of Radcliffe College
belle
the Keller's dog's name
tubercular hip
the disease Annie's brother, Jimmy, had
doctor
treats Helen in the beginning of the play
Kate
Helen's mom (James's stepmom), and mother of Mildred, too
keller
Captain Arthur Keller, Helen's father (and James's and Mildred's father), married to Kate (his second marriage)
helen
main character, 19 months old at the start of the play, 6 years old when Annie arrives
mildred
Helen's baby sister
martha and percy
children of the Keller's servant, Viney
aunt ev
Keller's aunt, lives with them
james
Keller's son from first marriage (Kate is his stepmom)
anagnos
the man who runs Perkins School for the Blind in Boston and sends Annie to help Helen
annie sullivan
"The Miracle Worker" - Helen's teacher
Viney
Keller family servant
blind girls
girls at Perkins School for the blind who say goodbye to Annie
servant
works for the Kellers
offstage voices
in Annie's head - memories of her past, one includes her dead brother Jimmy