The novel is made up of a series of progress reports written by a man named Charlie Gordon. But intelligence comes with a price. When it comes to science fiction in general, I would hesitate before declaring myself a fan. Psychology Professor Nemur and neurosurgeon select Charlie. Charlie asks Burt to tell him where the pictures are that other people see in the inkblot test. At the laboratory he meets Algernon, a mouse who has undergone a similar treatment and who can traverse a series of mazes faster than Charlie.
There's no helping poor Algernon, though, who keeps losing brainpower until he dies. Algernon dies and Charlie buries his body and decorates the grave with flowers. All he had was Algernon, who could not make a man feel loved because he was not human. Then, he reverted back to his original self, but this time, there were people who stood up and wanted to be around him. The climax in the story is when Charlie realizes that he is going to lose his brilliance and that he himself has to discover the cure or else it will be gone forever. Charlie takes his time understanding everything around him, but at his core, you immediately see that he's a good guy. When Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man, undergoes an experiment to increase his intelligence, his life changes in ways he never imagined.
Charlie's mom, Rose, has a major breakdown and relives the moment when she sent Charlie away which, creepily enough, involves busting out a kitchen knife. I had only read passages of it before but it was totally with sitting and reading the whole thing through. So they scrounged additional money to offer us both the scholarship. We sympathise as he struggles to make relationships with those around him, and feel real anger at those who have wronged him. His coworkers, who formerly bullied him, now treat him with more respect. The author has chosen this scenario to explore the extremes of human nature, by imagining an altered version of the world, peopled with realistic characters, in a realistic environment. Charlie wondered whether this was because of the experiment.
It seemed an enjoyably poignant and perceptive slight tale. Q he learns he is still emotionally stunted, he can't always manage his emotions in a rational way and many discoveries with regressions into his painful past come to light causing Charlie to reevaluate the decision of taking part in the experiment, just as he makes some progress forward in his personal relationships things take a downward turn and the tables reverse again. Charlie tries to tie up loose ends before his loses his intelligence. Charlie worries that whatever happens to Algernon will soon happen to him as well. As he regresses back into his former state, Charlie even reclaims his old job at the bakery for a short while, and once accidentally attends one of his old classes that Alice teaches, causing her to cry and flee the classroom. I think a lot of abuse is done to them - and the underdogs of the society in general in name of their own good. And no, it's not Romance! We're basically reading his diary as he undergoes the whole process.
Charlie does not tell Fay about his past, and he is able to consummate a sexual relationship with her. He decides to take himself to the Warren Home. The hallucination scene inside the office of Dr. A new worker, , makes fun of and abuses Charlie until Charlie goes in his pants, just like he used to do when he was afraid. I first became aware of Flowers for Algernon when it was mentioned in an episode of Newsradio. Alice's feelings of guilt at her part in Charlie's situation mean that she desperately wants to care for him, and they do have a brief liaison, but as Charlie regresses further, he sends her away.
It made me feel sad, angry, frustrated and hopeful. Charlie finishes his research and titles it the Algernon-Gordon Effect, and explains that the mental deterioration holds a direct relationship with the artificial increase in intelligence. Not only does Charlie feel unwanted and extremely lonely, but now, it is almost impossible for him to interact with others. Even though he's out of it, he writes a final letter to say goodbye and thank Alice, and before signing off permanently, he hopes someone will remember to put flowers on Algernon's grave. Thus we have a simple but clever way of portraying the changes in his perception and mental abilities which I don't think would have been as effective had it been written in the third person. As Charlie becomes more intelligent, he realizes that he is deeply attracted to Alice.
Charlie also begins to remember more about his childhood and grows a fondness for reading. Is it truly better to be wise than to be a fool? I've had it on my list to read for quite some time, not because I thought it would be fantastic, but because I thought to myself that here is a book almost everyone has read and somehow I have not. To expand a short story into a masterly novel such as this does not often succeed. And I would go as far as to call a few of them potential geniuses. His new awareness and heightened knowledge becomes it's own curse. That'd be Alice Kinnian, who puts Charlie up for the surgery in the first place. One alternative I know from Friends is that they offer money to people who will volunteer to take experimental drugs, but I think of it as nothing but economic slavery.
Boy woud they be serprised to see me smart just like them and my sister. Charlie says they should give Klaus a second chance. It has no need for alien worlds, galactic swashbucklers, bug-eyed monsters or complicated spaceship technology. Originally published in 1959 as a short story for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon won a Hugo Award in 1960 for the Best Science Fiction Novelette of the Year. When it all gets to be too much, Charlie dials up Alice and figures out a plan to go back to the lab as a scientist, not an experimental lab rat. Charlie also begins to recover lost memories of his childhood, most of which involve his mother, Rose, who resented and often brutally punished Charlie for not being normal like other children. However, his commitment to his work begins to consume him, and he drifts away from Fay.
There are no explicitly sexual scenes, but there are scenes that describe sex or sexual feelings in somewhat vague physical terms, and these focus more on the emotional experience. The realisation that what he thought of as shared jokes are taunts, and that he is a laughing stock, is very hurtful to him. He asks if other people sees things in the ink. Algernon got worse and he refused to do the mazes and to work. The whole book, written in diary entries, let us see how it affects his life and how he struggles through it. His writing is ful of bad grammar and spelling mistakes. Donner, he is uncertain what to do until Alice tells him to trust his heart.