Flowers For Algernon Report

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In the book “Flowers for Algernon”, we read about a mentally handicapped man named Charlie. Charlie is 31 with an I.Q. of 70, and attends a learning class at the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults. All Charlie wanted was to learn to read and write. He wanted to become smarter. Charlie was recommended for a research experiment by his teacher Alice Kinnian. Tests were ran on him, by Professor Nemur and Dr. Strauss, to see if he would be a good match for a special surgery, that could increase his intelligence. This this where Charlie meets Algernon. At first Charlie is frustrated and angry at Algernon from always beating him in their tests. He is frustrated and worries that he will fail these tests, and will not be chosen for the surgery.…show more content…
In the beginning, the reports are difficult to read, but we feel his desire to be smart and to make friends. After the surgery, his reports become easier to read and understand. He also begins to have memories. Before Charlie went to the University, he thought that his coworkers at the bakery, were his friends. They all laughed together because they were his friends and they liked him. We, as readers, can see this is not the truth. The people he thought of as friends, really only liked him around to make fun of. Slowly, his intelligence improves. He starts beating Algernon at the maze, his reports become more legible and he begins to understand his friends have been making fun of him. He eventually lost his job at the bakery because his coworkers became frightened of his changes. After he confronted Gimpy for stealing, they all banded together to have him fired. With no job, he threw himself into soaking up every book he could get his hands on. He wanted to learn everything, to know everything he had missed out on. He was like an adolescent, learning everything new while trying to deal with the emotions of his confusing and somewhat abusive childhood. The memories that prevented him from doing things now as ‘normal’
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