Main Character- Charlie Gordon "My name is Charlie Gordon. I am 37 years old and two weeks ago was my birthday" (672). Supporting Characters- Miss Kinnian, Algernon, Joe Carp, Frank Reilly, the doctors, and Mrs. Flynn Setting: New York City, 1965 Conflicts: Charlie vs. Himself and Charlie vs. Joe Carp & Frank Reilly.
The Rising Actions 1. The first rising action that occurs is the ink blot test. The ink blot test determines an individuals perception on an image. Charlie makes up excuses for his misunderstanding of the inkblots, "He rote something down on a paper and I got skared of faling the test" (673). 2. The second rising action is the Thematic Apperception test which is a test that asks people to look at an image and create a story out of what they see. Charlie says, "She got sore and put her picturs away. I don't care. It was sily. I gess I faled that test too" (674). The previous quote shows how Charlie is starting to not care at all. 3. A third and final rising action is Charlie meeting Algernon and losing to him in a race (675).
RESOLUTION & DENOUEMENT
The climax of the story begins after Charlie gets his surgery. Charlie is seemingly getting more and more impatient by the second and is getting angry at lots of stuff, for example, "Thse inkblots are stupid. And those pictures are stupid too" (678). Charlie's personality changes from a person full of good to someone full of negativity. "I thot Dr. Strauss was my frend but he don't help me. He dont tell me what to think or when Ill get smart" (678). The previous quote shows the miserable part of Charlie that starts to be more noticeable.
There are multiple falling actions that lead to the denouement of the story. -The second part of the story kicks off with Charlie going back to work and getting fired via a petition that would remove him from the company, only one person does not sign the petition (696-697). -In the middle of the story Charlie is bit by Algernon which is a huge shock because of how matured he was. The mouse later dies but his brains weight decreased so the assumption is made that the same exact thing will happen to Charlie (702-707).
The story's end begins on a bitter sweet note. Charlie now has really good friends, Joe and Frank. He is still mourning over the loss of Algernon but still brings flowers for Algernon every week. Charlie is starting to shift back to his old self and he now has his job back after getting fired. But theneverythig changes Charlie makes up his mind to move away from New York so that he doesn't harm anyone else. "Thats why Im going away from New York for good. I dont want to do anything like that agen" (711).
There are many themes that make an appearance in the story but one is made more clear than the others, we cannot be labelled by ones "smarts" but we can only be labelled by who we are and strive to be everyday. In the story Charlie thinks he is not smart enough therefore he is offered a life altering surgery (682-711). Charlie changes himself so that people will understand him better and so that he is well liked but he goes and does the complete opposite. Other themes in the story are as simple as "Don't judge a book by its cover".