Flowers For Algernon

By Daniel Keyes


(project by angela)

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What is this book about?

"Dr. Strauss says I shoud rite down
what I think and remembir and evrey
thing that happins to me from now on.
I dont no why but he says its importint
so they will see if they can use me. I
hope they use me becaus Miss Kinnian
says mabye they can make me smart.
I want to be smart," (Keyes 1).
These are the first lines you will read in
this book. The story starts off with a
mentally challenged man named Charlie
Gordon. Charlie is 32 years old, and he
hasn't seen any sign of family for over 15 years. He goes to classes
for challenged adults three times a week. He is very passionate about
being smart.
Charlie is being considered for a scientific experiment, where the
damaged parts of his brain will be replaced with new brain cells that
can mulitply at super speeds. Ultimately, he will become very smart,
and be able to learn and grow like a regular human.
Charlie is chosen for the experiment, and has the surgery. He is the
first human to recieve it. Algernon, a small white mouse, had the same
surgery as Charlie. Together, both of them become very smart. Charlie
learns about emotions, and thinking for himself. Soon, he is a genius.
He has so much knowledge, but has to learn about love through
experience. He is faced with many challenges throughout the book.
He learns about people and friendships, he learns about love and
lust, he tries to learn about his past and set up his future.
After a while, Algernon starts facing side effects from the surgery. He
is slowly losing all of his new found knowledge. Algernon suddenly
has a short temper, and runs into walls. Will Charlie face similar
side effects? Will he remain smart for the rest of his life? Will he
ever see his family again?
Read this OUTSTANDING book to find out.

Charlie.

Great Character.

You fall in love with him over the course of the story. By the time it's
over, you feel like he's a friend that you've been helping out for months.
He's also like a child, that you raised, taught, and introduced to the
world. He starts so innocent and naive, and becomes so knowledgable
and wise.
I love Charlie.
=)

Recommend it?

No doubt.

I would recommend this book to anyone.
I think it's very important that people read it because it opens your eyes.
It shows you that you shouldn't take your good health for granted. Most
people who aren't mentally challenged, don't spend enough time being
thankful for that. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to read and
write. This book will make you much more aware of just how lucky you
really are.
In my eyes, this book gives the word "retard" a whole new meaning. I've
never actually put myself into a mentally challenged person's position.
I've never looked at life through their point of view until now. All of the
people that are mean to mentally challenged people need to read this
book. They need to experience what they go through everyday.
I also recommend this book to people because it reminds us to always
have hope. It teaches us to think positively, and truly believe that good
things will happen. It's rather inspiring.

Outstanding?

For sure.

I would definitely say that Flowers For Algernon was an outstanding book.
It was placed on the list because it's realistic, deep, and easy to read.
First, the book is outstanding because it's very realistic. Books that aren't
realistic don't seem as appealing as books that are realistic. If something doesn't
seem like it could really happen, then you don't relate it to yourself mentally. If it
could possibly happen, then you think all about what you would do if it did happen.
You can actually relate events in the book, to events in your life. For example,
Charlie relates to us because he is inexperienced with relationships, and doesn't
really know how to handle his emotions yet. "I've got to accept the fact that the
fears and the blocks triggered in these sexual situations reveal that emotionally
I'm still an adolescent- sexually retarded," (Keyes 72).
The next reason this book is considered outstanding is because it's very
deep. It sucks you into the story, and makes you feel all of the emotions that
Charlie feels. This book brings out new emotions that I've never felt before.
One emotion that I feel a lot in this book is pity. I feel so bad for Charlie.
"Charlie said, "I'm sick and tired of people making fun of me. That's all. Maybe
before I didn't know any better, but now I do, and I don't like it,"" (Keyes 40).
Last, this book is outstanding because it's easy to read. Most really good
books that I read take forever, and have too many words cramped onto one
page. The font is spaced out well, and it easy to understand. You don't have
to sit and read sentences multiple times for them to make sense.
In conclusion, Flowers For Algernon is outstanding because it's realistic, deep,
and easy to read.

Check it out son!