Comparing Charlie Before and After in Flowers for Algernon

Updated: 4/10/2020
Comparing Charlie Before and After in Flowers for Algernon
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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is a touching story about a man named Charlie, chosen for an experiment that offers him the opportunity to become “smart”, his deepest wish in life. The novel brings up several important themes and questions, including the ethics of human experimentation, the mistreatment of the mentally disabled in society, and the relationship between intellect and human interactions. Charlie discovers that the grass may not be greener on the other side, as he finds himself increasingly alienated from those he loves when his intelligence becomes markedly higher. By the end of the novel, Charlie regresses back into his former intelligence, but this time with a sense of self-worth that he has derived from his experiences.


Flowers for Algernon

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Character Development - Comparing and contrast Charlie Before and After in Flowers for Algernon

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  • CHARLIE'S IMPRESSION OF HIMSELF
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  • BEFORE
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  • AFTER
  • SPELLING AND GRAMMAR
  • “Prof Nemur said but why did you want to lern to reed and spell in the first place. I tolld him because all my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb and my mom always tolld me to try and lern just like Miss Kinnian tells me but its very hard to be smart and even when I lern something in Miss Kinnians class at the school I ferget alot.”
  • Aa Bb Cc DdEe Ff Gg Hh
  • “‘What did you expect? Did you think I’d remain a docile pup, wagging my tail and licking the foot that kicks me? Sure, all this has changed me and the way I think about myself. I no longer have to take the kind of crap that people have been handing me all my life.’”
  • Eureka!
  • “I tolld dr Strauss and perfesser Nemur I cant rite good but he says it dont matter he says I shud rite just like I talk and like I rite compushishens in Miss Kinnians class and the beekmin collidge center for retarded adults where I go to lern 3 times a week on my time off.”
  • “What a dope I am! I didn’t even understand what she was talking about. I read the grammar book last night and it explains the whole thing… After I figured out how punctuation worked, I read over all my old progress reports from the beginning. Boy, did I have crazy spelling and punctuation!”
  • CHARLIE'S IMPRESSION OF HIS DOCTORS
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  • DUNCE
  • DUNCE
  • CHARLIE'S PERSPECTIVE OF ALICE
  • “Dr. Strauss said I had something that was very good. He said I had a good motor-vation. I never even knowed I had that. I felt good when he said not everbody with an eye-Q of 68 had that thing like I had it.”
  • What is a vowel?
  • a, e, i, o,
  • "As shocking as it is to discover the truth about the men I had respected and looked up to, I guess Burt is right. I must not be too impatient with them. Their ideas and brilliant work made the experiment possible. I’ve got to guard against the natural tendency to look down on them now that I have surpassed them.”
  • TREATMENT BY THE WORLD
  • “One thing? I, like: about, Dear Miss Kinnian: (thats, the way? it goes; in a business, letter (if I ever go! into business?) is that, she: always, gives me’ a reason” when-- I ask. She”s a gen’ius! I wish? I cou’d be smart-like-her;”
  • “Why haven’t I ever noticed how beautiful Alice Kinnian is? She has pigeon-soft brown eyes and feathery brown hair down to the hollow of her neck. When she smiles, her full lips look as if she’s pouting.”
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  • “We had a lot of fun at the bakery today. Joe Carp said hey look where Charlie had his operashun what did they do Charlie put some brains in. I was going to tell him about me getting smart but I remembered Prof Nemur said no. Then Frank Reilly said what did you do Charlie open a door the hard way. That made me laff. Their my friends and they really like me.”
  • “I never knew before that Joe and Frank and the others liked to have me around just to make fun of me. Now I know what they mean when they say to pull a Charlie Gordon.’ I’m ashamed.”