Flowers of Algernon Heroic Journey

By: Het Desai and Rama Nuvvula

Status Quo- 12:00

Charlie's normal life consists of him attending adult classes, working as a janitor, and even struggling to gain academic knowledge in fields such as writing and reading.


The picture exhibits a pencil and a piece of paper. This relates to the story because in the status quo, Charlie Gordon introduces himself and gives insight that he is mentally challenged in the fields of writing and reading.

Call to Adventure- 1:00

Charlie embraces the invitation to become smarter through surgical procedures. He feels nervous about having an operation performed on his body, however he is willing to make a sacrifice in order to become a smarter human being.


The picture identifies as an envelope, which viewers can infer that there is an invitation inside. The picture itself looks like a smiley face: balloons are eyes, envelope is the nose, table is the mouth, even though he was nervous, he was still happy that he at the least got a chance at becoming smarter.

Assistance- 2:00

Dr. Strauss was Charlie's assistance or help throughout the operation. Dr. Strauss even sided with Charlie, when both doctors were arguing about if Charlie was applicable to undergo the operation.


Dr.Strauss assisted Charlie throughout the book. He was like a helping hand to Charlie, and was always sided with him, hence a hand was drawn.

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Assistance- 2:00

Along with Dr.Strauss, Mrs. Kinnian helped Charlie undergo and learn from the operation. She not only recommended Charlie for the operation, but also came to teach charlie after the operation was complete.


Mrs. Kinnian assists Charlie ll throughout the book. Since she is a teacher, she tries to help Charlie by educating him, and a textbook represent her.

Departure- 3:00

Charlie undergoes the operation and wakes up with bandages covering his eyes. He has many thoughts, but one sticks out the most; Is he really smart?


A bandage was drawn because the doctors in the hospital used bandages, and every second after his operation accounted for his departure.

Trials- 4:00

To understands Charlie's growth, doctors have him race through a logical maze against a mouse, Algernon, who has also undergone the same operation.


The picture exhibits a maze to show the trials portion of the story. This resembles the trials portion of the heroic journey because it is what Algernon and Charlie Gordon raced through to define how smart Charlie was at specific stages.

Trials- 4:00

Along with testing Charlie through a maze, scientist ask Charlie to perform other tests such as the Rorshach Test. The Rorshach requires Charlie to identify "hidden" pictures in inkblots, a task he was not able to preform before the operation.


A canvas of inkblots and a magnifying glass were drawn to represent the Trials section of the story. The magnify glass represents that he had to identify objects in the inkblots which was represented by the canvas of inkblots.

Trials- 4:00

Another test of Charlie's progress was his ability to learn information while he slept. In order to learn this Dr.Strauss gave him tapes to play while he slept in order to learn and gain knowledge.


A T.V. was drawn representing the Trials portion of the story. A T.V. was used over and over to see how smart Charlie was, and how much he could understand.

Approach- 5:00

Algernon's intelligence slowly starts to fade. Charlie starts to fear that the same will happen to him and his intelligence will disappear.


The picture represents a pair of reports, one being an A+ and another being a C-. The A+ report was before his intelligence started to fade. and the C- was after, this shows that Charlie is getting "dummer".

Crisis- 6:00

Charlie is all alone after shunning everyone out of his life, as he researches the affects of his operation.


This is the report when Charlie-Gordon researches about the Algernon-Gordon Effect.

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Treasure- 7:00

Charlie finally becomes smart after undergoing his operation. He also seeks friends, however everyone is disgusted of Charlies's new talents and they refuse to talk to him.


A battery cell was drawn because the treasure that Charlie achieved was always negative and positive. It was positive that he got friends, but it was negative that everyone was disgusted in Charlie.

Result- 8:00

Charlie begins to get dumber and he loses the knowledge he acquired through the operation. He begins to realize the symptoms of the experiment and the fact that his "smartness" is not permanent.


The symbol of the EXPO maker symbolize something that is not permanent, it can be erased at any time. In the story Charlie starts to realize that his intelligence is not going last for long, relating the story to a non-permanent, erasable marker.

Return- 9:00

Charlie returns to his old life of being a janitor, however now he no longer has a job due to the fact that he was fired. He now has to deal with both that he is not academically gifted and he no longer has a job.


A gift box was drawn to specify two points, he is not gifted with intelligence anymore and also he would't have money to buy anyone else a gift since he has no job.

New Life- 10:00

Charlie has now completely undergone his operation and instead of becoming a better individual, he became worse than his original self. He is now dumb, has no friends, and is broke.


Now that he has no friends at all, he is like a lone CD on a rack of normal CD's. Emphasizing that he is solo and doesn't want to interact with others, he is solitary.

Resolution- 11:00

Unfortunately Charlie dies, just like the author foreshadows. By including the mouse and it dying the author indicates and leaves the reader to assume that Charlie will die and no longer live on this world.


The picture shows a coffin. The coffin relates to the resolution because the author foreshadows throughout the major part of the story that Charlie Gordon is going to die. and a coffin represents death.