Flowers for Algernon

By: Allison Everhart & Sadie Carpenter

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POV is 1st person

We know Flowers for Algernon is in first person because on the first page it says "Dr. Strauss says I should write down what I think and everything that happens to me from now on." It also uses a lot of I, my, and mine.

Summary of the book

It is about a adult named Charlie that has a mental disorder so he is slow at learning. He has an operation to help him learn better and a mouse has the same operation for research. Then Charlie and the mouse, Algernon have competitions against each other. As the weeks go on Charlie starts beating Algernon in the questions and Charlie understands more now. Later on Algernon starts becoming sick and dies. Charlie gets upset because he thinks the same thing is going to happen to him. He starts losing the stuff he learned earlier.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (Review) - Minute Book Report

Critique

We thought the book was good because it shows people how people with disabilities are. It shows how much progress Charlie has made over the few months. It was sad when we heard that Algernon has died. We also thought it was sad when Charlie was losing his progress.

3 Literary Devices

Hyperbole- Page 58: Charlie writes "I'm so excited I can hardly write."

Simile- Page 63: He's soft like ball of cotton.

Imagery- Page 75: The whistles and catcalls from the customers.