The Miracle Worker

How does helen respond the her conflict?

How does she respond to her conflict

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Despite her handicaps, Helen is a girl of exceptional intellect and cleverness, but it is her lack of restraint that leaves her thrashing around the world in which she lives without any focus or discipline. During the action of the play, the emphasis is mostly on Helen's battle of wills with Annie. Annie tries to get Helen to connect the hand symbols that she leaches her with the world around her. At the climax of the play, this connection is finally made with a substance that Helen remembers from a time in her infancy prior to her illness, namely water.