Flowers For Algernon Essay

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12 September 2011 Flowers for Algernon I have recently completed the novel Flowers for Algernon, and I found it to be a fascinating novel for a variety of reasons. The themes of the book I found very interesting, which include how people treat the mentally handicapped, as well as the link between intellect and happiness. The novel revolves around a man, Charlie Gordon, with an I.Q. of 68, who works menial jobs in a bakery, but then goes in for experimental treatment in an attempt to raise his intelligence level. A his intelligence increases, many conflicts arise, such as his inability to converse with those he feels close with, his realization that he is viewed as a test subject rather than a real person, and his struggle to understand human sexuality. He learns that his intelligence will regress to what it was prior to the treatment, as Algernon, the mouse in the same situation as him, eventually regressed massively from where his intelligence once was. The story ends with him having regressed all the way back to mental retardation, going to a facility for the mentally ill, and his last wish being that someone put flowers on Algernon’s grave. Due to the fact that Charlie’s intelligence was shifting essentially throughout the entire novel, the prose changed from extremely basic and simple to a more advanced form during the middle of the novel, and then back to simple towards the end once Charlie had regressed. For example, a paragraph at the beginning of the novel would read something like this, “Prof Nemur said but why did you want to lern to reed and spell in the frist place. I tolld him because all my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb and my mom always tolld me to try and lern just like Miss Kinnian tells but its very hard to be smart and even when I lern something in Miss Kinnians class at the school I ferget alot.” However, once Charlie’s

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