The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

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What is the summary of act one of The Miracle Worker?

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The Miracle Worker, which is set in the 1880s, begins with Kate and her husband, Arthur, around a baby’s crib with a doctor. The baby, Helen, survived a difficult sickness. As Arthur escorts the doctor out, Kate notices that the baby does not respond to loud noises, nor does she seem to be able to see her.

Helen is then shown as a six-year-old who terrorizes the house. She gets away with everything because neither one of her parents knows how to discipline a child who is blind, deaf, and mute. They have tried many doctors to no avail, and Arthur has given up hope. Kate finally convinces her husband to try another teacher, and Miss Annie Sullivan from the Perkins Institute for the Blind comes to stay with them.

At the end of the first act, Anne arrives at the Keller residence. Arthur and Kate are apprehensive, and Helen continues her terroristic ways. She hits Anne in the face with her doll and locks her out of her room. Anne then watches Helen throw the key down the well. The act ends...

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