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Flowers for Algernon Introduction

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Transcript of Flowers for Algernon Introduction

"Flowers for Algernon" Introduction
Rorschach Inkblot Test
Inkblot Results
Anticipation Statements
Agree or Disagree and Explain your Reasoning
-It is better to be smart and lonely than unintelligent and happy.

-Our relationships with other people, not our achievements, are what fulfill us.

-It is important to have empathy for others.

-It is better to accept your fate than to try to change it.
Discussion Questions
"Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
Series of journal entries
Main character = Charlie Gordon
Works as a janitor in a factory
Selected to undergo a surgery to increase his intelligence
Rorschach Inkblot Test
Write down what you think each inkblot looks like

At the end, you'll determine why you think you saw what you did and consider what this might indicate about your personality.

Inkblot #1
Inkblot #2
Inkblot #3
Inkblot #4
Inkblot #1
Common answers: bat, butterfly
Other possible answers: Some people also see moving people in this image. Seeing crocodile heads on the ends of the bat's wings can indicate hostility.
Inkblot #2
Common answers: a standing figure (man, bear, gorilla)
Other possible answers: To describe the figure as menacing in any way, i.e. a monster or attacking gorilla, could identify with your perception of authority figures.

Inkblot #3
Common answers: Two human-like forms (females or clowns), butterfly, cave entrance
Not seeing human forms is an indicator that you might have trouble relating to people.
Inkblot #4
Common answers: Four legged animals such as lions, pigs, bears, etc. on the sides. Other common responses are tree, butterfly, rib cage, Christmas tree
What do you think will happen as Charlie gets smarter?

Would you go through with an operation to make you smarter?
Why/Why not?

What Would You Do?
1. What are the qualities of
a true friend?

2. How do you know who your true friends are?

3. Who does Charlie think are his true friends? Are they? How do you know?

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