Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Charlie Gordan is a 32-year-old retard man who gets the opportunity to become smart by getting an experimental operation that has only worked on a mouse named Algernon. Once he got the operation he started to get smarter by the day. soon the Charlie Gordan who could not write and was alway made fun of without knowing becomes the Charlie Gordon who could "speak twenty languages, living and dead"(Daniel Keyes 187). Through the story, he develops feeling between two women and, his personality starts to change. He also starts having vivid childhood flashback of his home and how he was treated. He only gets to live with this intelligence for a short period of time as eventually he reverts to his old self.
Character Analysis-Charlie Gordan
Conflict-Character vs. Society
― Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon
I like this quote because it shows that intelligence does not always get you anything. Intelligence does not also always give you human affection. When a man seeks knowledge he loses his sense of compassion towards people. Having knowledge with the absents of love and affection can break a person. The person emotions and feeling will deteriorate until they are a hollow shell of knowledge. This quote is very important and shows how when mankind treats people who are mentally challenge compared to the rest of the world who is not.
Flowers for Algernon a 5/5
Is a disability that gives people below average intelligence. So far there is no cure to treat these people but, special treatments like special education and therapy can help people overcome these symptoms
Today we help people with mental or physical illnesses by giving them special education, Therapy, and proper medication. There is still no cure to help these people who suffer these illnesses but this treatment helps his or her to live to their fullest!
Athens Lunatic Asylum
Back then in the 19th and 20th-century people who were mentally or physical illness went to an Asylum to be "treated." Since people did not really know how to treat them. A lot of cruel methods were used to treat these people. lIke restraining them, putting them in comas or even deliberately given them seizure to try to cure their mental illness.
Athens Lunatic Asylum
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