Perhaps one of the greatest stories of our time is still William Gibson’s most popular play, The Miracle Worker. This play captures the triumph and victory of life’s obstacles based upon the real-life story of Helen Keller. Helen Keller, who was both deaf and blind, went on to become a world famous speaker and author. Helen and her lifelong teacher, Annie Sullivan, traveled all over the world and spoke in over 39 countries. Helen was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Lyndon Johnson.
Our story begins at Helen’s illness, when she became deaf and blind at 19 months of age. In her adolescent years, the Keller family was desperate to know what to do with their child. They cold not discipline a child who could not understand nor could they teach Helen anything, let alone communicate with her. NO one had ever been able to break into the world of a deaf and blind person until Annie Sullivan. When Annie arrived, she and Helen clashed form the start. After multiple temper tantrums, locked doors and breakfast brawls, Annie was finally able to give Helen entrance into the world that she was struggling to be a part of.