People with lack of acceptance have differences in personalities, experiences, and behaviors. There are many major similarities and differences concerning the characters in “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keys and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
In the passage that begins “I am a cripple.” by Nancy Mairs, she describes why she chooses to identify herself and only herself as a cripple. With Mairs tone, word choice, and rhetorical structure, she is able to clearly state why she identifies as a “cripple.”
“Those who use others are stupid but those who are used are even more stupid” (Internet). Charlie Gordon, the main character in Daniel Keyes’ book, Flowers for Algernon, ended up being in worse condition after undergoing a surgical procedure that was supposed to heighten his intelligence. Furthermore, the scientists unfortunately did not use ethics or take enough care in treating Charlie causing his now worse condition to be their own fault. Their greed led them to abuse and take advantage of Charlie, a very gullible and persuadable because of his low intelligence, and their mistakes led Charlie to his death, the ultimate sacrifice. The choice of using Charlie Gordon in Daniel Keyes’ book, Flowers for Algernon, for an intelligence altering surgery was unethical and biased.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is the tale of Hayley Kincain, a seventeen year old girl, and her incredibly unstable life with Andy, her father. Andy is a war veteran who suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder, and is constantly assaulted by horrific memories of the past. Hayley’s mother perished in a car accident soon after Hayley was born, while Andy was still deployed in Iraq. Hayley was raised by her grandmother Barbara until Hayley was seven, at which point Barbara died and Andy returned home to care for Hayley. However, Andy’s past war experiences and the horrifying events that he had seen on the battlefield haunted him endlessly. Rather than living a traditional life in an ordinary home,
Did you know that Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes recently joined the eighth-grade curriculum after decades of banning? Challenging books has become a popular act; although one may not see the reason to do so in several of those books, there are hidden things that a simple eye cannot understand. In order to understand the meaning of banning and challenging books, one must identify the differences. Challenging is the act of expressing a point of view or simply a critic, usually with the goal to remove a book; while banning means the complete removal of the texts challenged. These removal methods happen mostly with good intentions, as to protect weaker audiences from offensive content. For instance Flowers for Algernon received banning all
The Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass, An American slave takes a look at how it really feels like to be a slave. There is only so much you can learn about slavery in the textbooks. Often times we know what slavery is, but never really understand how brutal it was for the slaves. Douglas shares his experiences to help us learn how slaves exactly were treated. Douglass emphasizes his writing in a unique style to capture the audience, while also reeling in their emotions to embrace the experience of being a slave, and uses an effective tone to illustrate what being a slave feels like.
The Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird has been placed among the list of "most frequently banned books” because the use of racial slurs and the telling of people getting rape with the use of profanty. In my opinion, the book is a very good book and it tells a very good storyline. Back Then that is what people did and talked like, you can’t change the past of what people did calling other people names and the racist comment people told one other. That was part of history when there were colored people and white people and the two groups did not get along.
All books that young adults read have power. Their power results in their ability to sway and to change the reader in so many ways, not the least of these is morally. These books can create a moral sense in the young by demonstrating what is morally right and what is morally wrong. They can raise and resolve ethical issues. The reader may not agree with each resolution, but is certainly forced to think about issues he or she may never have thought about before (Smith 63).
Charlie should never have had the surgery. Despite the hope that a miracle would save Charlie Gordon from looming regression, in Daniel Keyes, “Flowers for Algernon,” Charlie struggled and failed to remember all of the knowledge that he had accumulated. Charlie’s conflict with society, based on his innate lack of cognitive ability, compelled him to learn and find a way to make himself “normal.” Charlie wanted a miracle and he was the repercussions. Doctor Nemur and Doctor Strauss were two eager and ambitious doctors, who recognized Charlie’s vulnerability and used his desperation to recruit him for the experiment. At the pinnacle of Charlie’s ability he understood the shortcomings of the operation
“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can't” (Depp). In some cases, music can convey people’s emotions, feelings, and thoughts stronger than words can. In James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues”, the narrator and his younger brother Sonny struggle with a communication barrier. Sonny can express his emotions by the language of music that his older brother, the narrator, has a difficult time understanding. The narrator, who is a stable school teacher, has a hard time relating to his younger brother and the other kids from their neighborhood, who became heroin addicts. Throughout the narrator’s burdensome journey, the author’s style, the setting, and the other characters help contribute to his dynamic change,
Throughout history, many powerful men have strived for equality- to eliminate the people and qualities they view as imperfect. The government agency Harrison fights against in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s short story, “Harrison Bergeron”, works for the same goal, but in a different way. Harrison Bergeron rebels against a government who handicaps the unique, the intelligent, the beautiful, and the strong. However, despite their efforts, they can not conjure up handicaps which control him. Consequently, he escapes from imprisonment and revolts. The fictional character, Harrison Bergeron, exemplifies the idea that conformity can not eradicate individuality- it can only hinder it. He has to attune to society and in the end, the handicaps hinder him but do not take aways his individuality. In fact, they enhance every aspect of him.
In the text, Charlie expresses leaving New York would be the more beneficial decision after understanding he was being made fun of and losing his brilliance. Nevertheless, in the film, although Charlie refuses Miss Kinnian’s proposal, he does not find life so miserable that he has to leave the city. He nonchalantly lives the rest of his life carefree. All in all, the story “Flowers for Algernon” displays a great narrative arc that is represented differently in the film and the text. Both versions show the tension building up to the turning point when Charlie’s intelligence reaches its peak, but execute the ending of the story somewhat differently. The text describes Charlie leaving New York in hopes of a better life, whereas the film shows Charlie living the rest of his life in New York, freely. The difference in the narrative arcs of the film and the text have various effects on the audience. For example, the exposition and the rising action showed in the film prove Charlie’s immaturity to the audience. However, this childishness cannot be understood by reading the text. Evidently, Charlie’s relation and connections in society are accurately represented in the film. On the contrary, the text makes a relentless
Before there were animals, now, also humans. Scientists have begun to experiment with humans as they do with animals. In the book Flowers for Algernon the main character is a mentally challenged man named Charlie Gordon. He is motivated and enthusiastic, so his teacher recommends him for an experimental operation destinated to improve intelligence. The operation was also done to Algernon, a laboratory mouse. It turns out pretty good for both Charlie and Algernon; at least for a while. The operation shouldn’t have been done to a human; damage is caused, the experimented person is treated like an animal, and to top it is only temporary intelligence.
The novel Flowers for Algernon written by Daniel Keyes effectively explores the complex human experiences of disability and the impact that it has on individuals and society through its three major themes; Self-realisation , Alienation and loneliness and treatment of the mentally disabled by society. Through these themes this response will highlight the difficulties experienced by people with disabilities and the people in their lives.