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What is the climax of The Miracle Worker in the movie?

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lilangel | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 25, 2007 at 11:00 AM via web

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What is the climax of The Miracle Worker in the movie?

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skearney1960 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 28, 2007 at 10:29 PM (Answer #1)

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The climax in a drama is the decisive moment.  In the play The Miracle Worker it occurs in Act Three when Helen realizes that the word is the thing and the thing is the word.  When Helen realizes that the strange gestures Annie is making in her hand are the word for water and she remembers her baby word "wa-wa" as she is being forced to pump water, language is unlocked for her enabling her to learn.

From the e-notes plot summary: "In the yard, Annie is forcing Helen to pump water, meanwhile spelling w-a-t-e-r into Helen's hand, and "Now," as Gibson says, "the miracle happens." Helen has the breakthrough Annie has prayed for, and runs around the yard touching, and learning from Annie the names of the pump, the stoop, the trellis, and more."

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rann314 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted April 8, 2008 at 11:06 PM (Answer #2)

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To me its not till the end when helen learns,word and is begining to speak. when she was tryin to say wter and she was sayin wah wah.

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