ELA Project Fourth Quarter

ELA Project Fourth Quarter
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  • EXPOSITION/BASIC SITUATION
  • RISING ACTION 
  • CLIMAX
  • The first falling action is when Charlie completes his research and experiments to find out why everyone who has had the operation done to them is losing their suddenly gained intelligence. The results of what Charlie figured out he calls the “Algernon-Gordon Effect”. It shows that he found out that the amount of time it took for the subject, person or animal who had the operation, to become intelligent is the same amount of time it will take them to lose their intelligence (Keys 705). This follows the climax because by this point everyone has recognized that Charlie is going to lose his intelligence. So what Charlie decided to do was to use his intelligence to benefit the human race, that’s why he did the research on the operation. Therefore what Charlie has proven is that the experiment doesn’t work. After that is the next falling action which is when Algernon dies. This causes Charlie to be upset because he had become friends with Algernon, and it was hard for Charlie because he knows what is happening to Algernon will be happening to him (Keys 706). All of these events lead to the final falling action. It is when Charlie finally loses his intelligence. What happens is “...the last things learned are the first things forgotten” (Keys 707). All of this results in Charlie losing his motivation and ending up going back to his old job because he realizes that he needs to make money. Overall, these events are falling actions because they lead to how the conflict of the story is resolved. *The picture shows Charlie outside of the laboratory where he goes to see if he is right for the experiment.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • In the story “Flowers For Algernon” by Daniel Keys, there are multiple events that lead up to the climax of the story. The first takes place at the beginning of the story. It is when Charlie takes a series of tests to determine whether or not he is right for the operation, as shown by the following quote. “I had a test today. and I think that maybe now they wont use me” (Keys 672). This happens at the beginning of the story and it is one of the events that adds to the climax. The tests Charlie takes are not pass and fail tests for example one is an Thematic Apperception Test which is for getting a personality on the person (Keys 674). In addition Charlie had to solve a maze in a race against Algernon  At this point Algernon has already had the operation done to him and this is when Charlie first meets Algernon. So because Charlie hasn’t had the operation yet but Algernon was, Charlie can’t beat Algernon. This frustrates Charlie, because he wants to become smart but Algernon is beating him so he thinks he is doing bad and won’t get chosen. All of these tests show that he has an IQ of sixty eight, which is low, therefore he would be right for the experiment. This doesn’t convince the doctors, Dr. Strauss and Dr. Nemur, what really did it was Charlie’s attitude. It was because Charlie has done so much with so little, he is hardworking, motivated (when most people of his IQ aren’t), and really deserves it. So Charlie was chosen for this operation. Without this event the story wouldn’t make sense as to why Charlie was chosen for the operation. After that is the second rising action which is when Charlie undergoes the operation to have his intelligence increased. This is shown when Charlie says, “Thats why I said ok even when I was scared because she said it was an operation” (Keys 675). This event is how Charlie is dealing with his conflict, so he is becoming intelligent by getting an operation that will allow this. Therefore this is a rising action because it is a decision Charlie makes that impacts the climax. Just after that is the final rising action before the climax. It is when Charlie is first becoming intelligent.___ One event that shows this is when Charlie finally beats Algernon in the mazes, he was so excited that he fell out of his chair (Keys 682). At this point Charlie is learning new information every week and advancing very fast. Although as a result of how smart Charlie is, it is difficult for him to connect with people. So because of suddenly how smart Charlie got and how it is difficult for Charlie to communicate with people everyone but one person had signed a petition to have him leave, so he quit. Therefore he decided he didn’t need the job and continued on with learning and becoming smart.It is a rising action because right after this event is when the turning point is. *The picture shows Dr. Strauss and Dr. Nemur getting ready to perform the operation on Charlie who lay in the bed.
  • RESOLUTION/DENOUEMENT
  • The climax of the story is when Algernon bites Charlie. Charlie was bit by Algernon as he picked him up out of the cage (Keys 702), which is very unusual for Algernon since he is usually happy.This is when everyone realizes that the experiment isn’t going as hoped, therefore they realize that whatever is happening to Algernon could happen to Charlie, to. So this is the turning point because everything leading up to this point has shown that the experiment is working but now that Algernon is showing strange signs which hints at something not working in the experiment. For example Charlie wrote in one of his progress reports, “Burt, who is in charge of the experimental animals, tells me that Algernon is changing” (Keys 703). So Algernon is changing in multiple ways. As a result of what is happening to Algernon, Charlie, who had the same operation done to him, could have similar things happening to him. Therefore this is the point where Charlie realizes that he is going to lose his intelligence, one can see this for Charlie says: “Suddenly, time has become very important to me” (Keys 703). So because this event is the turning point in the story that is why it is the climax. *The picture shows Charlie holding Algernon after Algernon bit him.
  • THEME(S)
  • The first falling action is when Charlie completes his research and experiments to find out why everyone who has had the operation done to them is losing their suddenly gained intelligence. The results of what Charlie figured out he calls the “Algernon-Gordon Effect”. It shows that he found out that the amount of time it took for the subject, person or animal who had the operation, to become intelligent is the same amount of time it will take them to lose their intelligence (Keys 705). This follows the climax because by this point everyone has recognized that Charlie is going to lose his intelligence. So what Charlie decided to do was to use his intelligence to benefit the human race, that’s why he did the research on the operation. Therefore what Charlie has proven is that the experiment doesn’t work. After that is the next falling action which is when Algernon dies. This causes Charlie to be upset because he had become friends with Algernon, and it was hard for Charlie because he knows what is happening to Algernon will be happening to him (Keys 706). All of these events lead to the final falling action. It is when Charlie finally loses his intelligence. What happens is “...the last things learned are the first things forgotten” (Keys 707). All of this results in Charlie losing his motivation and ending up going back to his old job because he realizes that he needs to make money. Overall, these events are falling actions because they lead to how the conflict of the story is resolved. *The picture shows Charlie sitting and working on his research.
  • The resolution is when Charlie decides to leave New York. He realizes that he still needs to keep trying to learn. He says he wants to leave New York because “ Evry body feels sorry at the factery and I dont want that eather so Im going someplace where nobody knows that Charlie Gordon was once a genus and now he cant even reed a book or rite good” (Keys 711). What this is saying that Charlie wants to leave because he wants to get smart and he wants to show people how he is getting smart. Basically Charlie is saying that he wants a second chance to become smart because he knows that if he practices enough than he will be able to do so. Charlie even said “But if I try and practis very hard maybe Ill get a littl smarter and know what all the wors are” (Keys 711). Therefore because Charlie was able to experience learning and becoming smart he knows it is possible for him to do it. Charlie talks about how he loved the feeling it gave him when he learned something new so he said he wants to experience it again (Keys 711). Overall, the resolution of the story is when Charlie decides to leave New York so he can have a second chance to become smart. *The picture shows Charlie getting on the bus to leave New York.
  • One theme represented by the story is more is less and less is more. Before Charlie had the operation he was able to communicate with the people around him somewhat clearly and many people liked him. He believed that by becoming smarter it would be easier to communicate with people and more people would like him, because he would be like them. Charlie didn’t realize all that he had already. So he went through with an operation to make him more intelligent. As a result of this operation Charlie became very smart and it became harder for him to communicate with those who he once did. He didn’t realize that this new intelligence he has gained was driving a wedge between him and all those he once knew and loved. He would remark that he felt bad for a specific character  in a book because the character must be lonely without any friends(Keys 683) but little to his knowledge he was just the same. So when Charlie had less, he didn’t have a lot of intelligence, he actually had more, more bonds with people and could communicate with them better. But when he had more, he had more intelligence, he had less bonds with people and wasn’t able to communicate with them as easily. Although Charlie may not have realized this it was evident to the reader that less is more and more is less.In addition to that theme there is also another possible theme. It would ignorance is bliss. This could be a possible theme because the story started out with Charlie, even though he didn’t have a lot of intelligence, being able to communicate with people and people generally liked him. This was before Charlie had the operation. After Charlie had the operation he wasn’t able to communicate with people that well, as Charlie wrote in one of his progress report: “Dr.Strauss continually reminds me of the need to speak and write simply so that people will be able to understand me” (Keys 697). He even was becoming impatient for he didn’t want to hand write the progress reports anymore since it was to slow for him, he wanted to type them on a typewriter (Keys 707).  In addition once Charlie had the intelligence, he realized Frank and Joe were only making fun of him and they actually weren’t his friends. As a result of this Charlie doesn’t trust people anymore. Therefore, before Charlie knew or was able to understand multiple things he was happier and enjoyed everything. When he could understand everything he was much grumpier and didn’t enjoy certain events as he did before. Those are two possible themes for the story “Flowers For Algernon” by Daniel Keys. *The picture shows Charlie smiling before he had the operation outside of the place where he works.
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