The Waking Poem

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I believe The Waking started the new unit because of the story’s similar themes, imagery, and word choice. The Waking 's theme is about the cycle of life. Near the beginning of the story, Charlie had the mindset of a toddler. He was naive, and confused about the world. In the beginning of The Waking it says, “I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.” In the story, the word waking represents life and living it. The first stanza is about the beginning of life where as the first few progress reports of Flowers For Algernon represent his mindset being like a child which is the beginning of life.

Secondly, the next reason I believe “The Waking” started the unit was because of the use of religious allusions and imagery. For example, “God bless the
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