Flowers for Algernon Essay

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Every student in every school wants to know what will make their papers better. Literary elements are the answer to their problem. Literary elements can add a little spice to any boring story. For example, the literary elements indirect characterization, suspense, and foreshadowing are used in “Flowers for Algernon” to make the writing more interesting and enjoyable. One of the most widely used literary elements is indirect characterization. However, most people do not even realize that they are using it. Indirect characterization is giving readers clues about a character’s personality through the character’s actions and dialogue. In “Flowers for Algernon”, Daniel Keyes uses indirect characterization many times. One of the more profound uses of indirect characterization is the way Frank’s and Joe’s attitudes towards Charlie changes. At the beginning of the story, Frank and Joe make fun of Charlie and laugh at how dumb he was (Keyes 39). On the other hand, near the end of the story, Frank and Joe stick up for Charlie (Keyes 62). Frank says, “If anybody bothers you or tries to take advantage of you, you call me or Joe and we will set em straight” (Keyes 62) By making Frank’s and Joe’s attitude towards Charlie change, Keyes shows that Frank and Joe can be compassionate when they see that someone’s had a rough time. It is easy to see how so many people use indirect characterization without knowing it, but there is another element of literature that is even more widely undetected. Foreshadowing is present in almost every story, yet people almost never recognize it, simply because they do not know what it is. Foreshadowing is when the author gives you clues about what might happen later in the story. To find foreshadowing in “Flowers for Algernon” [infinitive clause] is a simple task; simply because there is tons of it. The most obvious example of

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