Illustration of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan

The Miracle Worker

by William Gibson

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Captain Keller's character, first name, and occupation in "The Miracle Worker."

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Captain Keller, whose first name is Arthur, is a stern and authoritative figure in "The Miracle Worker." He is a newspaper editor and a former Confederate officer. His strict demeanor often clashes with others, but he deeply cares for his family, especially his daughter Helen, whose education and well-being are central to the story.

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How would you describe Captain Keller in "The Miracle Worker"?

Captain Keller is described in the play The Miracle Worker as being "a hearty gentleman."  When the play begins, Captain Keller is a man in his forties.  He has a beard and sometimes wears spectacles.  He is married to his second wife, Kate and has a son, James, from his first marriage.  He was a captain during the Civil War and comes from an established family.  He is proud of his family name, Keller.  His daughter, Helen, becomes deaf and blind due to illness at a young age.  By the time Helen is six, Captain Keller and his wife have taken Helen to many doctors, but they have no solutions.  Captain Keller is fed up with how disruptive their household is because of Helen, and he has lost hope of her becoming well or getting help.

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What is Captain Keller's first name in "The Miracle Worker"?

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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What is Captain Keller's first name in "The Miracle Worker"?

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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What is Captain Keller's first name in "The Miracle Worker"?

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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In The Miracle Worker, what is Captain Keller's job?

Captain Keller runs a newspaper and is an editor in The Miracle Worker. In the first act of the play, Kate, Keller's wife, tells Helen (who is a baby at the time) that she will ask Helen's father (Captain Keller) to run an editorial in his newspaper about the miracles of modern medicine, as Helen has just been cured of acute congestion of the brain and stomach. Before running a newspaper in his town of Tuscumbia, Alabama, Captain Keller was an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In the play, he is portrayed as a commandeering sort of man who is convinced of the rightness of his opinions. He at first tries to control Annie Sullivan, Helen's teacher, but finds her unwilling to merely submit to what he says.

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In The Miracle Worker, what is Captain Keller's job?

Captain Keller, a loyal Southerner who served in the Civil War, is a cotton plantation owner and editor of a local weekly newspaper who wields power both in the business world and in the domestic world. No domestic decisions are made without his approval. 

Perhaps it is his jounalistic background which causes him to be skeptical about the possibilities of his daughter Helen being able to learn from her new tutor, Anne Sullivan.  In the play "The Miracle Worker" Captain Keller acts as the antagonist to Anne, whom he first considers rude because of her candor and with whom he comes into conflict regarding the tutoring of Helen.  It is not until Anne brings Helen to the pump to make her fill the pitcher that Helen has emptied upon her, an experience that causes Helen to make connections between the hand-spelling and the person or thing, that Captain Keller gives Anne respect.

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In The Miracle Worker, what is Captain Keller's job?

In Gibson's The Miracle Worker, Gibson tells the remarkable story of Helen Keller through the medium of drama.  In the play, Helen's father, Captain Arthur Keller is a powerful newspaper publisher.  Because of his job and ranking, he wields power both at home and in the business world. He demands not only control, but demands that all decisions are made through him.  This becomes a blockade for Annie as she needs to be able to have control and make decisions for her pupil, but the captain refuses and the two spend most of story for control.

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