Flowers For Algernon

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Flowers for Algernon Response Essay If you could change something you don’t like about yourself would you? Most people would want to change things about themselves because they realize they aren’t perfect. “Flowers for Algernon” is a fictional story by Daniel Keyes that’s about a man who gets a surgery to become intelligent. The claim I want to make and support is that even though you feel lonely, it doesn’t mean you’re forgotten. First the author shows the theme by integrating character’s actions throughout the story. Before Charlie becomes intelligent he wrote, “I want to be smart.” (Pg. 221) I think this quote confirms the theme because since he wasn’t smart he could have separated himself from smart people. As Charlie was reading a book called Robinson Crusoe he wrote, “I feel sorry because he’s all alone and has no friends.” (Pg. 229) I believe this quote reveals the moral because as he reads this book he find out Crusoe is all alone and isolated and even though Charlie doesn’t realize it yet he himself is isolated and lonely as well. Next the writer demonstrates the lesson by including the character’s dialogue. While Charlie is reading his progress reports with Miss Kinnian he says, “All my frends are smart people but there good.” (Pg. 229) I feel this quote expresses the theme because Charlie doesn’t realize how his friends actually treat him. He thinks they’re all nice to him, but instead they just laugh at him and make fun of him which signalizes that he’s lonely. After Charlie laughs at a mentally retarded boy he grows furious at himself and shouts, “Shut up! Leave him alone! It’s not his fault he can’t understand!” (Pg. 237) I know this quote demonstrates loneliness because after he stops laughing at the boy he then knows that the boy getting laughed at use to be himself getting made fun of by his friends and other people. Finally Daniel Keyes

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