Theme - I think an appropriate theme for this story is "you don't have to be smart to be perfect."
Supporting Evidence - Charlie makes a decision to have a special surgery done so that he can become smart like everyone else.
Predictions I made - After Charlie's surgery, I thought that everyone who worked at the bakery with him would accept him now. This prediction was incorrect.
Foreshadowing - When Algernon is first introduced, it says that he is given cheese in order for him to make it to the end of the maze. Later, Charlie is given a piece of candy. This foreshadows that the candy will help Charlie succeed in becoming smart.
Conflicts - Self vs. Society & Self vs. Nature
Self vs. Nature - Charlie was born dumb so there was nothing he could do about it. He struggled with this his whole life.
Self vs. Society - Charlie is always struggling with people not accepting him because he is not as smart as them.
I like Charlie because he is strong willed and stands up for himself. At one point in the story, a boy dropped and shattered plates and everyone laughed at him. Charlie then stood up and told them to stop laughing, that he made a mistake and is a human being.
My Favorite Character - Charlie
I think that someone could get into this book if they are going through the same thing as Charlie because they can relate to him.
Issues being addressed in the story - What it's like to be "retarded"