Flowers for Algernon Essay

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Flowers for Algernon Dialectical Journal Charlie Gordon; a man with a learning disability; perhaps retarded. He will soon begin to go through what he considered one of the most impacting time of his life. Prompt: Was the operation a good thing or a bad thing? 1. On the side of the operation being a good thing, Charlie becoming smarter resulted in his intellectual abilities to soar at an unbelievable rate. He begins using proper spelling, more words, and it is easier for the doctors to understand his feelings because he can write in a complete sentence while using correct format. This assists the doctors to help Charlie become the person he has always wanted to be. Because of this, Charlie is able to beat Algernon. " April 6 I beat Algernon! I dint even know I beat him until Burt the tester told me. Then the second time I lots because I got so excited I fell off my chair before I finished. but after that I beat him 8 more times. I must be getting smart to beat a smart mouse like Algernon. But I dont feel smarter. " (Page 53) This accomplishment shows that Charlie's operation made a difference in his level of thinking and knowledge. This also shows that Charlie is becoming more intelligent and smarter about the things he used to have trouble with before the operation. 2. Later on in the story, he sees a clumsy dishwasher working and dropping the dishes and plates. By this time, Charlie's improvement in becoming more sufficient and capable of doing more is thoroughly shown. He is using longer, more sophisticated words and writing full/ complete sentences with correct punctuation with almost no errors at all. He is thinking outside the box more. The incident of the dishwasher greatly helped the increase of awareness that Charlie was able to have. " But today in looking art that boy, for the first time I had saw what I had been. I was just like him..."

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