Flowers For Algernon

Flowers For Algernon
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  • Exposition
  • Text evidence: "I hope they use me. Miss. Kinnian says maybe they can make me smart. I want to be smart. My name is Charlie Gordon". pg. 1
  • Exposition part two
  • Text evidence: "Anyway that test made me feel worser that all the others because they did it over 10 times with different amazes and Algernon won every time". Pg. 2
  • Rising Action
  • Text evidence: "Their going to use me! Im so exited I can hardly write". Pg. 2
  • " If you volunteer for this experiment, you might get smart" pg. 2 
  • Charlie is a 37-year-old man who is mentally challenged. He is very motivated to become smarter and is extremely kind-hearted. Charlie wants to undergo a procedure to supposedly make him smarter. Charlie is also working with a few doctors who are trying to help him improve his intelligence.
  • Climax
  • Algernon is a lab mouse that has had a procedure to make him more intelligent and has demonstrated amazing results! Algernon represents Charlie's journey and also symbolizes the future, reality, and death.
  • Falling Action
  • Dr. Nemur and Dr. Strauss finally decided to use Charlie to preform the procedure on. After the procedure, Charlie began to rapidly learn more things and became extremely smart. His intelligence reflected in his progress reports which became better and better each day. 
  • Resolution
  • " Anyway I bet Im the first dumb person in the world who ever found out somthing importent for sience. I remember I did somthing but I dont remember what. So I gess its like I did it for all the dumb pepul like me". pg. 22
  • After Algernon continued to quit cooperating in the maze and stop eating, he sadly passed away days later. Charlie's doctors assumed that Charlie will show signs of forgetfulness or a rewind in his progress due to Algernon's side effects, which was in fact, correct.
  • R.I.P
  • "I put Algernon's body in a cheese box and buried him in the backyard. I cried." pg. 19
  • Soon after Algernon dies, Charlie shows the same effects as Algernon, forgetfulness and loss of intelligence. When Charlie notices what is happening to him, he becomes very depressed and loses himself. Charlie loses information just as fast as he gained it which causes him to feel lost and alone.
  • My own mental deterioration will be very rapid. I have already begun to notice signs of emotional instability and forgetfulness. pg. 18
  • Charlie decides he needs to start fresh, so he decides to move away from New York. Charlie writes a letter to his doctors and friends so they won't feel bad for him and understand his point of view. Charlie finally accepts himself and his low intelligence level. Charlie hopes that his journey helps more people like him and shows that you don't need to be smart to be happy. 
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