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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

flowers for algernon

this kind of novel was interesting to read. i`ve finished it by last week. at first, i found that it was an ordinary novel and it bored me. but after i entered the climax, i realized that...wau,this novel was differ from other and it have some special parts that i totally sure that for those who read this will not be worth!..ahha

is it nabil??haha...mostly in PR14!!!...lalala

The story "Flowers for Algernon", by Daniel Keyes, is about a mentally retarded person, named Charlie who had an operation to increase his intelligence, but the operation was a failure and Charlie is slow again. He wants to move now so society won’t ridicule him for being slow again. Daniel Keyes wrote this short story for good reasons.

In the short story, Charlie Gordon is a 37-year-old man with an IQ of 68 who works as a janitor at Donnegan's Plastic Box Factory. He is selected to undergo an experimental surgical technique to increase his intelligence, since a similar experiment on Algernon, a laboratory mouse, has been quite dramatically successful. The surgery is successful and Charlie's IQ triples.

Charlie falls in love with his former teacher, Miss Kinnian, but as his intelligence increases, he surpasses her intellectually and they become unable to relate to one another. Also, his new intelligence scares his co-workers at the factory; they start a petition to have him fired and when Charlie finds out about it, he quits his job. As Charlie's intelligence peaks, Algernon suddenly declines—losing his increased intelligence and dying shortly afterwards. Charlie discovers that his intelligence increase is also only temporary. Unable to do anything to prevent the change, Charlie reverts to his original mental state in a swift reversal of his original growth. He tries to return to his original life and job at the plastic box factory but cannot stand everyone feeling sorry for him so he decides to move away.

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