Flowers for algernon

by Franki Salvo


Charlie Gordon isn't as smart as other people and it is very difficult to comprehend the things he learns. He than meets a man named Dr. Strauss and he performs an experimental surgery on Charlie that raises his intelligence and as a result, Charlie falls in love with Alice but finds he is unable to consummate their relationship. Charlie tries to solve his problems by running away from the scientists who are observing him. As a result Alice explains to him that this experiment is very important, Charlie realizes in this moment that he can no longer run from his fate or the seriousness of his emotional journey. Charlie after a while, realizes that there are flaws in Nemur's experiment and he is losing his intelligence. He goes to talk to his mother and sister and forgives them for how he was treated. At the end Charlie returns to his original mental state and is checked into the Warren State Home.

Character Analysis

Charlie Gordon is the narrator of the novel. He is a 32 year old male. Due to his disability he is known for being a trustworthy, kindhearted and friendly person. As his intelligence builds he starts to become confused and aggravated with himself and others. He starts to question everything he thought he knew

Conflict/ Resolution

Character vs. Self- Charlie is struggling with many emotions by himself and is not dealing with his problems in the best way he could.

Character vs. Nature- Charlie is having a conflict with his nature because he can not change that he can not learn like normal people because of his mental disability and has no control of it.

Character vs. Society- Charlie in-counters this conflict in the beginning of the book where people don't treat him the same because his mental illness.


The theme for this book is not everything has a happy ending. I would say this is the theme because at the end of the book you see Charlie losing his potential. You see that his experiment did not work which is very upsetting due to how much he tried to take in knowledge and now he will lose all of it and be back where he started, as this shows not everything has a happy ending

Textual Evidence

"I don't know what's worse; to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you've always wanted to be and feel alone,"

I thought that this quote is one of the many very meaningful and important ones. It gives you a thought on how Charlie is feeling on the inside . This quote can be understood by many readers and other writers who read this story,

Book Review

I give this book a 4/5 stars. I think that this rating is appropriate because I liked how the author set up the book in progress reports so you can see how Charlie's intelligence is rising throughout the book. Something i dislike about the book for making me give it a 4 is that i did not like how the book ended. I think that the author should have gave us a better ending on how the rest of Charlies life went

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