The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

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In The Miracle Worker, how does Annie persuade Captain Keller to accept her ideas on how to treat Helen?

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In Act II, Scene 2, Annie is appalled at Helen's improper behavior at the table, and she convinces the Kellers to step outside while she works with Helen.

Keller. I fail to see where you have taught her anything yet, Miss Sullivan! 

Annie. I’ll begin this minute, if you’ll leave the room, Captain Keller! 

Keller (astonished). Leave the—

Annie. Everyone, please. 

What follows between Annie and Helen is a virtual battle of wills and the longest struggle on any stage. After removing the plates of the other family members, Annie insists that Helen use a spoon to eat her food; however, Hellen just throws the spoon down, but Annie replaces it with another. They struggle with each other until Helen finally complies with Annie's insistence that she eat properly. When Helen does seem to swallow, Annie feels good, but suddenly Helen spits out the food. Annie, then, throws water in Helen's face, and as...

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