The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

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In act two, when Helen has her fit at the dinner table, how well does the author describe her fit? Is it a good description or bad?

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The description of Helen's fit at the table is excellent because it shows what Annie Sullivan is up against. It also demonstrates that Annie is at least as stubborn and strong-willed as Helen, indicating that Annie will win out in the end. It shows Annie's commitment to Helen because she knows she can't teach Helen language unless she can control her behavior.

At the table, Helen behaves in her usual fashion. She runs around the table, putting her hands in other people's food. She refuses to sit in her chair, eat from her own plate, use a spoon, or fold her napkin. It has been the family's practice to ignore her, but it's really impossible to do. The...

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