Flowers for Algernon Book Report and Summary Main Characters 1. Rose continues to wield great power over Charlie even after Charlie becomes a genius. As a child, Charlie had a father who loved him and tried to take care of him, but he was abused by his mother, an emotionally unstable woman. These memories, recorded in the Progress Reports as they occur, reveal the harrowing details of Charlie's early life, especially concerning his abusive mother, Rose. Rose's influences took a long term, negative effect on Charlie. Charlie leaves his family in tears. Charlie worries that the stress of the procedure and the progress reports are taking their toll on him at his bakery job where a coworker recently scolded him for dropping a tray of rolls.
Men go in and out through a revolving door in her life, and she keeps dancing through it all. Secondly, his family, especially mother, cannot understand what has happened. All Charlie knew was that he wanted to be smart and this operation could get him his greatest desire in one easy procedure. As a result it has been called pornographic and sexually explicit, although it surely is neither. He tells Charlie that scientists are ordinary men attempting the extraordinary, and he advises Charlie to be more tolerant.
She initially denies he retarded state and drives him to overcome it. Minnie A mouse Fay purchases to befriend Algernon. But Charlie's decline is rapid, and he pushes Alice away before he completely reverts to his former self. He speaks in broken sentences, and his writing is full of errors. To some extent this must be admitted. Charlie assumes that his mother told Norma that he had been sent to a state home and died years ago.
He advocates that Charlie be chosen for the experiment, intervenes when Charlie has a potentially violent confrontation with Nemur, and tries to look after Charlie when the effects of the experiment have finally worn off. Reviews of the novel on its first appearance were generally very favorable and tended to praise its treatment of mental retardation. And even when he fulfills his dream of owning a barbershop, we sense an emptiness in him. She gets suspicious when he becomes intelligent that he struck a deal with the devil. Daunted by his concentration, Fay moves on to another boyfriend. The mouse did improve on how fast he learned.
Despite the gentleness of her rejection, Charlie is terribly upset, as he is when he catches Gimpy, the one person at the bakery who had been kind to him, stealing. She tells him that he acted oddly when he was drunk, saying that he was behaving like a little kid. It's totally weird, but Rose's rejection of Charlie has a lot to do with her belief that he's a pervert who'll hurt Norma. Although Charlie is of subnormal intelligence, he is unusually motivated, taking night school classes at the Beekman University Center for Retarded Adults. Bring him to me on Tuesday and Thursday each week at the same time.
After returning to the University, Charlie renews his relationship with Alice but is still unable to make love to her. David Rogers adapted the novel as a two-act play, Flowers for Algernon, in 1969; a dramatic musical, Charlie and Algernon, was first produced in Canada in 1978 and played on Broadway in 1980. He is surly and rough, but kind. The situation becomes more difficult when the resources are scarce. They can admire the determination that he displays to the very end of the story to hold on to what he can of his new found understanding.
This desire probably has something to do with his night schoolteacher, Miss Kinnian, who he adores. While Charlie is awaiting his operation in the hospital, his teacher, Alice comes to visit him. But as he loses his mental competence he regains the affection of those around him—an affection grounded in pity, which is, as knew, a form of contempt. Loneliness is an emotion everyone has experienced before, but it does contribute to growth, mentally and emotionally. Although some critics have found portions of the novel overly predictable or sentimental, Keyes's most famous work has continued to enjoy great popularity. Alice Kinnian Charlie's teacher in his literature class for mentally disabled adults who is impressed by his hard work and motivation.
Outside of work Charley is enrolled in a reading and writing class for retarded adults under the instruction of Alice Kinnian. The plot of the novel revolves around the main character, a thirty-two-year-old mentally handicapped man named Charlie Gordon. Narrator and focal character Charlie Gordon, is a memorable portrait of isolation of an individual who is at odds with society and who strive to have satisfactory relationships with others. Charlie's final Progress Reports reflect his rapid deterioration as his writing reverts to its earlier semi-literacy. The fictitious prose traces a man's inner psychological journey within from a world of retardation to a world of great intelligence.
Flowers For Algernon: Quarter Four Book Review: Flowers for Algernon, is a science fiction novel written by Daniel Keys. Laziness was often attributed as a source of poor school performance, as it is even today, and for some, laziness was a sign of the devil. Fearing her hysteria, Matt takes him away to Uncle Hermann. I keep on doing that until my mind goes blank. Charlie rushes to the bathroom and looks into the mirror, telling his mentally handicapped self that they are enemies and he will fight as long as he can to keep him at bay.
Charlie Gordon lives a life of comical, despondent and derisive experiences as he surfaces from mental darkness, through various phases of perceiving and understanding levels of knowledge into the light of complex perception of himself, the people around him and the world. Although Matt felt comfortable enough with his brother Herman to leave Charlie with him, it does not appear that he had any other contact with Herman or Charlie since that time, indicating either supreme indifference or a severe trauma. After the surgery, Charlie returns to his job as a janitor at Donner's Bakery, where nobody is aware of his operation. After graduating, Keyes joined the magazine company, Magazine Management where he went on to become an editor of their pulp science fiction magazine, Marvel Science Stories. It establishes only one discontinuity between its world and our own, and this discontinuity requires no appreciable reorientation of our assumptions about man, nature, or society. What is worse, Charlie realizes that Gimpy used him as an unwitting accomplice during deliveries.