What is Captain Keller's first name?

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Captain Keller’s first name is Arthur. He is the father of Helen Keller and is depicted as a gruff but hearty gentleman in The Miracle Worker. A retired Civil War officer who now works as an editor for the town newspaper, Arthur sees little hope for his daughter, Helen, who is blind, deaf, and mute due to an illness. Helen grows into an undisciplined, uncontrollable child, so Arthur and his wife, Kate, bring in a teacher from Perkins Institute for the Blind, Annie Sullivan. Arthur is skeptical of Annie Sullivan’s teaching methods, but as he sees his daughter become more disciplined and learn to communicate, he is amazed and realizes that Miss Sullivan’s persistence and courage cannot be rivaled by his own personality.

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Captain Arthur Keller is Helen Keller's father.  Arthur is his first name.  In The Miracle Worker, he is described as "a hearty gentleman in his forties with chin whiskers."  He also wears spectacles.  He is a newspaper editor and has a newspaper on his person throughout the play.  He is doubtful that anyone can help his young daughter, Helen.  She had become deaf and blind as a baby due to an illness.  When Miss Sullivan arrives in Alabama to be Helen's teacher, Captain Keller is doubtful that the woman will be able to do much to help.

Captain Keller is significantly older than Helen's mother, Kate Keller.  In the script, he is most commonly referred to as "Keller," though sometimes Aunt Ev calls him by his first name, Arthur.  His wife, Kate, calls him "captain" in the play.

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In the book The Miracle Worker Captain Keller's first name was Arthur Keller. He was the father of Helen Keller.

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