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  • Welcome Charlie,Today we will be doing an inkblot test
  • Hello Charlie.  You ready for the operation?
  • Goodbye Algernon
  • Algernon
  • A 37 year old man named Charlie, has a disability with reading and spelling.  He takes multiple tests and he wants to become smart like everyone else. "...I hope they use me. Miss Kinnian says maybe they can make me smart. I want to be smart"(672).  The setting takes place in many places like, New York, a laboratory, a teachers room, and places that Charlie has taken his tests.  The characters in this story is Charlie, Miss Kinnian, Dr. Strauss, Dr. Nemur, Charlies friends Frank and Joe, Fanny, Algernon.
  • I have forgotten everything. I can't type no more!
  • 1. The doctors have decided for Charlie to have an operation done for his brain, so that he could learn quicker and become smarter.  Charlie is excited for this, but this is also a dangerous task. "Thats why I said ok even when I was scared because she said it was an operashun"(675).2.  Charlie starts to realize that his friends have been acting like jerks to him this whole time. "Now I know what it means to pull a Charlie Gordon. I'm ashamed"(686).  3. Charlie has a crush on Mrs. kinnian, but he knows that he was a higher level then her. "We had dinner and a long talk. When she said that I was coming along so fast that soon I'd be leaving her behind, I laughed"(694).  4. Charlie gets fired from his job. "I've quit my job with Donnegan's Plastic Box Company.  Mr. Donnegan insisted that it would be better for all concerned if I left. What did I do to make them hate me so?"(696).
  • Good bye New York
  • Algernon bit Charlie, then Algernon died after a little bit later.  Charlie starts to lose his intelligence. "It happened today. Algernon bit me."(702).  "Deterioration progressing. I have become absentminded. Algernon died two days ago"(706). "His brain had decreased in weight and there was a general smoothing out of ceberal convolutions as well as deepening and broardening of brain fissures"(706).
  • THEME(S)
  • haha, he really pulled a Charlie Gordon.
  • The operation didn't work for long.  Charlie's memory of learning rapidly fades away, and he can't write anymore.  "I've given up using the type writer completely. My coordination is bad"(707). "Now my mind is deteriorating rapidly"(707).  
  • Charlie moves away from New York, because he doesn't want people to feel bad for him. "Thats why Im going away from New York for good... I dont want Miss Kinnian to feel sorry for me"(711).  Charlie is trying his best to become smart and reading books, and studying to increase his grammar and reading. 
  • Charlie learned his lesson that being smart wasn't so important anymore, because he now realizes and understands of what his friends have been doing to him, so he wishes that he never knew and that he could be his old self again since he was much happier before the operation.
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