This document is a thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the Master of Arts degree in theatre. It is a dramaturgical analysis for William Gibson's play The Miracle Worker, providing a reference for directors and actors. The thesis explores the play's medical and pedagogical history in six chapters: the physiology and psychology of language acquisition as it pertains to sight and/or hearing impaired children, a pedagogical comparison of Samuel G. Howe and Annie Sullivan, a modern diagnosis of the fever that destroyed Helen Keller's vision and hearing, the 19th century pathology and treatment options for the disease of the eye that troubled Annie Sullivan for most of her life and the pathology and prognosis for tuberculosis of the hip, the infection that killed Sullivan's brother. A works cited is included.


Paul Hustoles

First Committee Member

Heather Hamilton

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre and Dance


Arts and Humanities

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