Differences In 'Ponies And Flowers For Algernon'

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“We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common - which is - we all want to be happy,” (Ellen DeGeneres). There are all of these ideals of having an equal and happy society; however, there will never be one because of our differences in many different areas. Some of these areas can be found are in the differences of class, gender, and education. An examination of “Ponies,” “Honor to Us All,” “Lamb to the Slaughter,” and “Flowers for Algernon” reveals that people make others feel inferior to them because of the differences we have. In “Ponies,” by Kij Johnson, and “Honor to Us All, “ from Disney’s Mulan,…show more content…
There are people who are intellectually incapable and are made fun of because of a quality that they are born with. In “Flowers for Algernon”, Charlie wrote about a situation where he was being mocked. “Joe Carp said I shoud show the girls how I mop the toilet in the factory and he got me a mop. I showed them and everyone laffed … I dont know what that means but everybody likes me and we have fun,” (Daniel Keyes, page 5). At this time Charlie was unintelligent, so he did not understand the situation. He was clearly being mocked by his “friends” and other people for the unusual ways he does things because he was different from them. Even though Charlie did things that were weird to them, it wasn’t right for them to laugh at him just because he was different. Another part in “Flowers for Algernon”, Charlie witnesses a situation where someone else was mocked. “A few of the rowdier customers kept up the remarks, amusing themselves at his expense … and finally broke into an uncertain grin at the jokes which he obviously did not understand,” (Daniel Keyes, page 13). As you can see, the other people are picking on the unintelligent boy for his mistakes. He clearly does not understand the situation and the other people took advantage of this to entertain themselves. It is very despicable to see people make fun of others because of their…show more content…
The texts “Ponies” and “Honor to Us All” shows that there is a difference in power of societies. In “Honor to Us All” and “Lambe to the Slaughter,” the men held more power over the women thinking that they were only capable of housework and bearing children. “Flowers for Algernon” is a great example of how people ridicule others based on their intelligence. “It is not our differences that divides us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences,” (Audre
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