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Flowers for Algernon

The main characters of the story are Charlie, who is a mentally retarded person involved in a remarkable experiment which increased his I. Q. Alice, a teacher at the Adult Basic Education Facility at Beekman College who taught Charlie how to read and write, the professors who operated on Charlie. Fay who appeared toward the end of the book , and last but not least Algernon. The novel is exciting and has an original idea. The moods That I felt in the story are ones of sorrow, anger, and guilt. In the story, Charlie, is the subject of an experiment which increases his intelligence.

Charlie originally wants the operation to look intelligent and get friends. Unfortunately some of his hopes were not met. The main characters in the novel include Charlie, Alice, Algernon, and Fay, a character who did not make much of an appearance, but he thought that he played an important part in Charlie trying to sort out his past and figure out his present and future plans. Charlie is a mentally retarded person who has impressing people and gaining friends as one of his top priorities. He then hears of an experiment which could possibly make him smart.

He makes himself a subject to this human experiment with the hopes of gaining knowledge in a sole purpose of gaining friends. As the book goes on, Charlie goes through dramatic changes mentally, and instead of making him gain friends he actually is looked on in the same way if not worse. For example, at Charlie’s old work his “friends” made fun of him and enjoyed his company just because Charlie had amused them. Yet after the operation, Charlie finds out that he had not made his friends like him more, but had pushed them away. Charlie understood now what his friends did to him in the past, and starts to look down upon them.

Alice, Charlie’s teacher, is the person who gave Charlie to the idea to give the experiment a chance. She thinks that Charlie has the determination and will power to make the experiment work. Then, later on in the book, she gets emotionally involved with Charlie and helps Charlie learn more about himself. Algernon, is a lab animal who also had the experiment done on him and as result makes him smarter than the average mouse. Algernon plays a very important part in the novel because he foreshadows what will happen to Charlie later on in the book. Fay, is an artist who has strange views on life which can be rarely found in an individual.

As the book goes on, Fay helps Charlie reveal his physical and emotional capabilities. There are many exciting parts which occur in the story, but the most memorable one would be when he was trying to find what had gone wrong in the experiment before he died. After he had found out what had gone wrong he started to slow down again, and he tried to speed up but he was slowing down. The only thing that I do not agree with is how the story ends. The end of the story leaves the reader hanging. If I would make a change I would write about what happened after Charlie Gordon’s death.

Like Fay or Alice have a baby and that child carries on Charlie’s work. Flowers For Algernon is an amazing story. I would say it as an excellent story to read because it makes the reader think of how a mentally retarded person feels. I really hope people that read this story will develop a sense of respect for the retarded. I live with two mentally disabled people (retarded) and i have tremendous respect for them. They go on each day not really knowing what they are doing but they still try to blend in. I know that all the people that come to my house have a respect for mentally disabled people, and if they don’t they sure do act it.

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