The Miracle Worker


William Gibson

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Anagnos Character Analysis

Anagnos is the director of the Perkins Institute for the Blind. In the play, Anagnos is Annie Sullivan’s teacher. He has known her since she was a child, and worked closely with her to teach her how to read and write. He’s also instrumental in raising the funds to pay for the operations she undergoes, which allow her to see clearly for the first time in her life.

Anagnos Quotes in The Miracle Worker

The The Miracle Worker quotes below are all either spoken by Anagnos or refer to Anagnos. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of The Miracle Worker published in 2008.
Act 1 Quotes

ANAGNOS: Deaf blind, mute—who knows? She is like a little safe, locked, that no one can open. Perhaps there is a treasure inside.

Related Characters: Anagnos (speaker), Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller
Related Symbols: Sight and blindness
Page Number: 13
Explanation and Analysis:
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Anagnos Character Timeline in The Miracle Worker

The timeline below shows where the character Anagnos appears in The Miracle Worker. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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The lights dim, and a man’s voice can be heard. The man, whose name is Anagnos, explains that he has written to the Keller family to inquire if they have any... (full context)
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...designed for teaching the blind. Annie Sullivan, aged twenty, is sitting with her eyes closed. Anagnos addresses Annie, explaining that Annie’s position as a governess for the Keller family will be... (full context)
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Annie asks Anagnos to describe the child she’s being sent to teach. Anagnos replies that nobody knows anything... (full context)
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Anagnos reviews Annie’s new situation with her. She is now a graduate of the Perkins School.... (full context)
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Anagnos opens the door and ushers in a group of blind children, who announce that they’ve... (full context)
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Anagnos shepherds the children out of the room. As Annie thinks back on her past, two... (full context)