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Transcript: Flowers for Algernon Charlie Gordon always had an IQ that was below average. Rose Gordon, his mother, had always been wishing and hoping for him to become smarter. She took him to various doctors and schools, to find a "cure" for his condition, but he never got any smarter... Until now. Now that Charlie is in his thirties, he lives alone, getting by by working at a local bakery. However, all of that changes when he gets an offer to surgically raise his IQ. But who knew being smart could also, in a way, make you dumb? Main Characters: Charlie Gordon: The protagonist of the story. Charlie is a man in his thirties, with an unusually low intelligence. Despite that, he's friendly, determined, and eager to please. Matt + Rose Gordon: Charlie's parents. His mother was a strict, somewhat mad woman who was obsessed with getting Charlie to act like a "normal" kid, but his father was softer, and tried to protect Charlie from his crazy mom. Alice Kinnian: A teacher at Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults. She teaches Charlie, and later she becomes a romantic interest for Charlie. Setting: New York City, sometime in the 1960s. Conflicts: Person vs. Self: Charlie has millions of conflicts with himself as he is forced to mature from acting like a kid to a civilized adult in less than a quarter of the time everyone else has. He often doesn't know what to think or how to feel about certain things. Person vs. Person: Charlie doesn't like how Nemur treats him more like a lab rat than an actual human being with feelings. Person vs. Society: Charlie used to be looked down upon and laughed at before the surgery, but after that people began to fear him, since his sudden intelligence boost is "unnatural". I would have to say that the theme of the book is to not mess with what you're given and be thankful for it, even if it's not that much. After all, in the book, after Charlie's intelligence got messed with, Charlie got more frustrated at the world. He was a generally happier person when he was just plain Charlie Gordon. Younger kids wouldn't understand this book, plus there are a few things that kids shouldn't be reading in there. But anyway, I would recommend it to people in our age range (and older) that would like to read a book that you really get to know the main character and get inside their head. Recommendation: By Daniel Keyes Theme:


Transcript: By Tyler Anthony What is A Classic ? Malcolm X Autrhor Alex Haley Summary The Autobiography of Malcolm X is the life story of Malcolm Little: son of a Baptist minister, wide-eyed teenager in Boston, street hustler and prison inmate in New York, faithful and energetic member of the Nation of Islam, and, finally, Muslim pilgrim determined to create an organization for all blacks regardless of their religion. It is also a tale of, as the author puts it, a "homemade'' education pursued in the schools, on the streets, in prison, and at the feet of his mentor Elijah Muhammad. Many considered Malcolm X's separatist philosophies (later softened) disturbing and in direct opposition to those of the period's other well-known black activists, including Martin Luther King, Jr., who argued for integration and non-violent confrontation. Charcterization The Charcteriztion especially in the book Is very descriptive for example it tells of many verbal and physical encounters in jail between the main charcter in the book Malcolm and shows how evolves and overcomes This book had several levels of meaning for example it tells of the same people who loved him but he overshadowed would kill him in cold blood showing that those closest to you can be just as dangerous as an enemby There is much irony in this story due to his betrayal leading to his ultimate demise as well as the same white people he hated he learned to love threw religion Universality Though this book may be targeted to African americans it is still relatible to all cultures and ethinic groups due to its indepth Storytelling and Symbols that could teach all lessons. Inexaustability I believe this is a time less book it is already battletested seing as it was published in 1969 and is still being read by students today it will remain a story for all to read and enjoy oh 1 last thing in case you missed it the first time! A+ Ms. Parker :) Levels of Meaning (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr Budapest San Francisco Results Notes Stockholm Our Project (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr Double click to crop it if necessary Irony Place your own picture behind this frame! (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr

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