There are several dolls in The Miracle Worker, including the doll Annie Sullivan brings with her to the Kellers’ home and the doll Aunt Ev makes for Helen Keller. Throughout the play, dolls symbolize education. As a child, Annie first learned how to communicate by interacting with a doll, and during her time with Helen she trains Helen to behave by showing her how to take care of a doll. Dolls play an important role in education because they give people like Helen an opportunity to practice new skills and types of behavior.
The The Miracle Worker quotes below all refer to the symbol of Dolls. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of The Miracle Worker published in 2008.).
The timeline below shows where the symbol Dolls appears in The Miracle Worker. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...and the glasses will help her see without pain. The children give Annie another gift—a doll with movable eyelids, which can make a “momma” sound. The doll, the children explain, is... (full context)
...and smoked glasses as well. Then, she finds Annie’s drawers (i.e., underwear), and a large doll. Helen seems to like the doll. Annie, amused, murmurs, “All right, Miss O’Sullivan. Let’s begin... (full context)