Flowers For Algernon Storyboard

Flowers For Algernon Storyboard
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  • The grass isn't always greener on the other side
  • Here, Charlie is laying his head on the fence, and is looking at the grass with wonder. 
  • Example one:  Charlie and his "Friends"
  • Example  two:  Algernon's death and Charlie's Regression.
  • In the story, Flowers For Algernon, the author seems to say that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. This means that Charlie that being smart will make him much happier. What he doesn't realize, though, is that him being smarter, just brought him more problems.
  • Man Playing God
  • While out partying with his "friends", Charlie realizes that Frank, Joe, and the rest of the workers were not his friends. They were just laughing at him. "It's a funny thing I never knew that Frank and Joe and the others liked to have me around all the time to make fun of me. Now I know what it means when they say to 'pull a Charlie Gordon.' I'm ashamed."
  • Example  One:  Charlie gets the operation done. 
  • After a while, Charlie becomes worse and worse. "Deterioration progressing. I have become absent-minded. Algernon died two days ago... I guess the same thing is or will soon be happening to me. Now that it's definite, I don't want it to happen..." This shows me that even after his operation, he still is not fully content with his life. In fact, he's worse off than before. 
  • Example Two:  Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge 
  • In the story, Flowers For Algernon, the author is also saying that man should not play God. This means that man should not try to change or temper with things that should not be changed. 
  • When Dr. Nemur and Dr. Struass began their studies of trying to "fix" or boost people's intelligence, they were playing God by trying to change things that are not meant to be changed. They gave the operation to Charlie, even though IQ should not be expermineted with. 
  • "Dr. Nemur said remember he will be the first human beeng ever to have his intelijence trippled by surjicle meens." (Keyes, 3) (I'm using my computer so I don't know the page from our book.)
  • Fanny tells Charlie that he hasn't been himself lately; that he's become smarter all of a sudden. She proceeds to make a reference to the Bible itself, saying that, "It was evil when Eve listened to the snake and ate from the tree of knowledge. It was evil when she saw that she was naked. If not for that. none of us would have to grow old and sick, and die." She is basically telling Charlie that he should not seek to change something that is "forbidden".
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