Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes Fiction Lyric Lam
A theme of this book would be, being smarter than everyone else isn't always better. Charlie wants to be more intelligent than al of his friends but it changes him and he loses almost everyone he cares about.
While reading I predicted that Charlie would become too smart and it would have consequences. It did come true. I guessed that because, after a while, their expierment mouse didn't get along with other mice becasue of his intelligence, like what has happened to Charlie.
There has been an important man vs. self conflict. Charlie feels insecure about himself because of his intelligence. He gets a surgery and is now extremely smart but is not himself anymore. He has daily battles to choose who he wants to be and how he wants to live his life. It's really hard because the old Charlie and the new Charlie are very different.
My favorite character is Fay. She's a free spirit and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. She has made Charlie feel like a real human being, unlike his other friends. She's pushed him to have fun in life, which he needed. She is like one of my best friends, Deanna.
I think the author wrote this to explain why it's important to be happy with yourself. He is trying to say, don't be somebody you're not. People could relate to this book becasue Charlie is insecure like many people and they could learn that it's okay to be imperfect.