Flowers for Algernon

Flower for ALgernon

Summary

Charlie Gordon, a mentally retarded thirty-two-year-old man, is chosen by a team of scientists to undergo an experimental surgery designed to boost his intelligence. Alice Kinnian, Charlie’s teacher at the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults, has recommended Charlie for the experiment because of his exceptional eagerness to learn. The directors of the experiment, Dr. Strauss and Professor Nemur, ask Charlie to keep a journal. The entire narrative of Flowers for Algernon is composed of the “progress reports” that Charlie writes.

Character Analysis

Charlie Gordon, a mentally retarded thirty-two-year-old man, is chosen by a team of scientists to undergo an experimental surgery designed to boost his intelligence. Alice , Charlie’s teacher at the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults, has recommended Charlie for the experiment because of his exceptional eagerness to learn. The directors of the experiment, Dr. Strauss and Professor Nemur, ask Charlie to keep a journal. The entire narrative of Flowers for Algernon is composed of the “progress reports” that Charlie writes.

Conflict

Charlie Gordon is the protagonist and the most clearly drawn character. He is the narrator and the readers see everything in the book from his angle. The original feature of the novel is that Charlie changes due to surgery, and the readers can see Charlie the retarded person, and Charlie the ‘genius’ behaving like two different people. There is no ‘antagonist,’ in the sense that, there is no ‘villain’ in the story. But different characters come into conflict with the protagonist at different stages. Charlie’s mother Rose Gordon, her obsession with ‘making’ him normal, her suppression of his sensuality and her complete rejection, all combine to destroy his self-esteem and make him crave for approval.

Theme

Readers can take away a lot from the book Flowers of ALgernon. They can learn learn how to appreciate life more, maybe some of the readers have the same problem that Charlie Gordon had.

Book Rating

If i'd have to rate Flowers for Algernon, I would rate this a 5. It mainly deserves this rating because overall the book was really good. The author really put time and effort into this book. I would recommend this to people all over the world because it is really good.

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