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Literature Smak Down
Transcript of Literature Smak Down
WE HOPE "FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON" WIll BE CONSIDERED FOR THE LIST CONCLUSION Why Flowers for Algernon? Flowers for Algernon: "The Fall" Of Mice and Men: "The Innocent" Charlie Gordon Action/event archetype
Origin: story of Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; also in "Paradise Lost"
In "Flowers for Algernon": symbolizes Charlie's transformation from mental retardation to genius
The consequences of gaining intelligence Of Mice and Men Algernon VS Flowers for Algernon George Milton warm feeling
hope Intelligence and emotion Character archetype
Origin: time of childhood; basic motivations are happiness, safety, and not to get punished
In "Of Mice and Men": infectious enthusiasm draws others into his dream
drives story along test subject
reflection of self journey Lennie Small Doesn't change
However is like Charlie at the beginning and at the end of story. Learns not to take advantage of the weak.
Compassion Impossibility of American Dream Becomes smart after an operation
Begins to grow bitter
Learns new feelings
Reverts back to a mentally disabled man “Burt took a wite mouse out of the cage and showd him to me. Burt said thats Algernon and he can do this amazed very good.”-excerpt, Progris Riport 4 “I remember the rabbits, George”
“The hell with the rabbits. That’s all you can ever remember is them rabbits.” -excerpt, Chapter 1 Rabbits Strong literary elements
Higher Lexile score
Relevant to future ethical decisions
Has a more modern setting mar- to impair the perfection, or integrity of something
plateau- state of little or no growth or decline
regression- going back to where you were before
feeble- lacking in force or strength Lexile: 630L Lexile: 910L juncture- an event that happens at an important time; joint
mollified- to soften in feeling or temper
pugnacious- being ready to fight
reprehensible- bringing or deserving severe rebuke Dreams of a different life
Crushed by circumstances
The idea of paradise was not real Starts out innocent
Intelligence increases discovers new emotions
Soon intelligence viewed as power and loneliness