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The Miracle Worker

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What does the doctor mean when he says, "language is to the heart more than light is to the eye"?

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The doctor is saying that the loss of speech is worse than the loss of sight. He believes this because he makes the connection between language and the heart. Why doesn't he say "tongue"? I believe it's because being able to speak allows a person to express his/her thoughts and...

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The doctor is saying that the loss of speech is worse than the loss of sight. He believes this because he makes the connection between language and the heart. Why doesn't he say "tongue"? I believe it's because being able to speak allows a person to express his/her thoughts and feelings. The doctor feels that it's easier to adapt to being blind because our need to express ourselves through speech is part of what makes us human. Speaking from the heart even makes us different from other human beings. This is why the doctor feels that the inability to express ourselves is worse than the ability to speak.

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He means that language is more powerful then even vision. It can affect your heart more then light can affect your eye.

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