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Flowers for Algernon
Transcript of Flowers for Algernon
Charlie Gordan-Main Character
Dr.Strauss Exposition Goals Wanted by Main Character
Charlie wants to be smart. Setting
The setting is at the Beekman College in New York City in the 1960's. Charlie wants to be smart, but he is mentally impaired, so it is hard for him to learn. When his teacher at the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults recommends him for a operation to make him smarter he jumps at the chance. Conflict Charlie is not allowed to tell anyone about his operation, so when he starts growing intellectually he co-workers notice and start a petition to get him fired. Later, he finds out that only one person did not sign the petition. He is very upset because the bakery is the only place that has ever felt like home. Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution Charlie is having trouble communicating with people now that he is smart. He tries having a conversation with Miss Kinnian, but when he does she can't comprehend what he is talking about because he understands so much more than her. Charlie is at the diner and he sees a busboy drop the dishes from a table behind him. Him and everyone else starts laughing. Everyone (minus Charlie) starts calling things out, but when the boy discovers he is not going to be punished he starts smiling. When Charlie realizes the busboy was mentally retarded he stands up and yells at everyone one for laughing. Charlie has decided that he is going to use his knowledge and skills to work in field of increasing human intelligence levels because after seeing Algernon act up he suspects he won't stay smart forever. Time has become essential because he has a feeling he won't be smart forever. Charlie is now motivated by the sharp regression in Algernon. Charlie has found from his experiment with Algernon that artificially increased intelligence deteriorates at a rate of time directionally proportional to the quantity on the increase. There are many signs that point to Charlie's increasing decline intellectually including:
He is forgetting things he learned previously
He is motor activity impaired
His coordination is getting worse
He can't read and write as well Charlie decides to leave NYC because he doesn't want people to feel sorry for him. Also, he wants to go where nobody knows that Charlie Gordon that was once a genius. Side notes from the book.
(Some things might me the same) Charlie decides to find his mom.
Charlie steals Algernon from the convention.
Charlie gets his own apartment for him and Algernon.
Charlie builds a maze for Algernon ,so he doesn't forget what he learned.