Why is comunication a very important thing in the story, "The Miracle Worker"?

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Communication is at the heart of this story.  Helen Keller is deaf, blind and mute. When Anne Sullivan becomes her teacher, she is unable to effectively communicate with her family in an socially acceptable manner.  They in turn allow her to stumble and grab her way through life, ignoring her behavior. Helen gets used to having her way and becomes a very spoiled child.

Miss Sullivan, who, herself was blind and now has partial sight, believes that Helen can be taught to behave in a socially acceptable way. She is very young, and Helen's family has their doubts that Anne can change Helen.

Miss Sullivan has a very difficult task ahead of her.  Not only does she have to teach Helen to stop her former habits, but she must rehabilitate Helen's family to accept her as an equal, and not continue to indulge her.

The ability to communicate effectively changes Helen Keller's life, the lives of her family and that of Anne Sullivan.

Change and transformation through the use of communication allow all the characters to see the world in a different way. Perception of Helen, who is severely handicapped, is changed dramatically by the efforts of Anne Sullivan.   Helen Keller becomes a valuable member of society, helping others cope with similar disabilities.