Flowers for Algernon

By Daniel Keyes

What the book is about

The book Flowers for Algernon takes place in 1960 and is about a man named Charlie Gordon who goes through an operation to try and help him get smarter.

Facts about the book.

Flowers for Algernon is a short story and subsequent novel written by Daniel Keyes.


Charlie Gordon is a mentally disabled thirty-two-year-old man about to undergo a major elective surgery to improve his intelligence. We're basically reading his diary as he undergoes the whole process. Charlie doesn't have a whole lot of people rooting for him, but he does have an awesome teacher who wants him to succeed. Her name is Alice Kinnian, who puts Charlie up for the surgery in the first place. Charlie keeps busy in the days leading up to the surgery by working as a delivery boy at Donner's Bakery. The crew at Donner's Bakery is generally taunting Charlie and making life more difficult for the poor guy. Charlie believes that his nasty coworkers are his best friends, which just makes the situation more heartbreaking. He also buddies up to super-smart Algernon, a mouse who's already undergone the experimental surgery. Charlie gets a taste of what's to come when he sees Algernon whizzing through experimental mazes and solving puzzles but when operation day finally arrives, Charlie doesn't transform into an genius like he hoped.

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conflict is character vs nature

The character was born with a mental disability


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