Written by William Gibson
The Miracle Worker is based on the stories told by Helen Keller about her life. When she was one and a half years old, Keller suffered an illness that left her without the ability to hear or see. The sudden change in her physical state created many problems at home. None of her family knew how to deal with her. She became very accustomed to having her own way at an early age. In desperation, her parents finally hire Anne Sullivan to teach her. Adding to the uniqueness of the situation, Sullivan is also blind. It is through Sullivan that Keller learns to function in a more socially accepted manner. It takes many years to reach that point.