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    Struggle of Intelligence in Flowers for Algernon “... the victories and defeats of life might link human beings in a similar way, if only we could learn mutual trust and respect despite our differences” (Brynie). Daniel Keyes’ novel, Flowers for Algernon, centers around the struggle of a mentally retarded man, Charlie Gordon. Charlie learns how unaccepting society is towards his disabilities when he gains intelligence through advanced technology. Published in 1966, Keyes writes about the consequences

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    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

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    Everybody seeks wisdom, but can achieving it really be that easy? The story Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, unravels the tragic tale of subterfuge and a fleeting grasp at a second chance at intelligence. The protagonist, an outcast named Charlie Gordon, seeks to have his IQ of sixty-eight raised. Several friends entice him to undergo surgery to triple his IQ, at long last releasing years of social stigma and satiating his lifelong dream of being able to learn and read. Charlie’s intelligence

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    “Flowers for Algernon” Persuasive Essay Did you know that 2% of the world population has a low I.Q. of 68 or less? If you got the chance to improve your I.Q. would you? Charlie Gordon got that chance! In the sci-fi story, “Flowers for Algernon” Charlie Gordon is a mentally challenged man, with a low I.Q. of 68. Charlie wanted to learn and be smart, but his disability won 't let him, therefore some doctors come in and talk to Charlie and sees that he wants to learn so they give him a chance. They

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    Flowers for Algernon by Daniel keys is a story about this incent character named Charlie garden who decided to take a chance to increases his intelligent. As he takes this chance and goes on this long journey to beacon "smart" he then starts learning more about life and starts to see people’s true colors. This operation changes Charlie and it changes him for the better.it was a big chance Charlie took and it was a good choice that he made to get the operation. Charlie made a very good choice by getting

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    The science fiction novel Flowers for Algernon is narrated with progress reports written by Charlie Gordon. He introduces himself as a mentally disabled 32 year old man working at Donner’s Bakery. His progress reports are used to determine whether or not he will participate in an operation to increase intelligence. The directors of the experiment decide to use Charlie when he completes a series of tests. The surgery proves to be a success and Charlie becomes a genius. After the experiment, Charlie

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    “Flowers for Algernon” Persuasive essay “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes is a science fiction story about a mentally impaired man who was given the chance to fix himself. Charlie Gordon, the mentally impaired man, should not have had the surgery done to him. The opportunist doctors did not care about Charlie, and only used him for their personal gain. Once Charlie became a genius, he realized the inconceivable sacrifice he made by letting the operation be tested on him. Since the doctors

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    Kenzie Chang English Period 2 OPTION 2 WRITING ASSIGNMENT Animal and human testing is widely known to be used for aiding scientific experiments very often. People either despise it or believe it’s necessary and useful. The story Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is about a man named Charlie Gordon who gets a surgery and ends up becoming temporarily smart. Was performing an experiment on Charlie Gordon ethical? Some might say that it isn’t ethical. Charlie didn’t even know what he was

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    experiment to help make him intelligent. The experiment is being tested on a mouse named Algernon to see results in humans and animals. Charlie comes to be smart after days of exercising the brain, even in his sleep. Charlie takes in an abundance of information due to his determinations or knowledge. His new companion, Algernon, motivates Charlie and foreshadows his life as well. In the short story, Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes creates the theme that disrupting the natural way of life can deprive

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    the book “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes have many similarities as well as differences. For example, a similarity between the book and the movie is that they both portray Charly as a male that is mentally disabled, but is helped by Miss Kinnian and his Drs. Nemur and Strauss. An example of a difference between the two is the story describes Dr. Strauss as a man while the movie has a female actor play the role of Dr. Strauss. One of the main similarities between Charly and “Flowers for Algernon”

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    In “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, Charlie’s first “progis riport” reveals many things about his personality.  In “progris riport 1- martch 5 1965”, Charlie writes, “I hope they chose me,” on page 182.  This quote reveals Charlie has a hopeful personality because he hopes that they will chose him.  In addition, Charlie writes in “progris riport 1- martch 5 1965”, ” Miss Kinnian says maybe they can make me smart. I want to be smart,” page 182.  This quote reveals that Charlie is motivated

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    “Flowers for Algernon” is a short story about an adult with a mental disability. In the story we get to see viewpoints through his eyes (first person). The main character (Charlie Gordon) is an adult 37 years of age with blonde hair has a mental disability that holds him back. Introduction to the broad topic (“Flowers for Algernon”) “Flowers for Algernon” is a short story about Charlie Gordon and his life. It talks about his life struggles and the test and experiments the scientist do to him to

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    “A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.” This quote, by famous journalist and radio host Bob Edwards, encompasses a question that haunts readers throughout the writing of Flowers for Algernon. Flowers for Algernon, a short story by Daniel Keyes, is about a man named Charlie who is mentally dull, and undergoes an operation in an attempt to surgically alter his brain to triple his I.Q. The former quote brings up the topic of how Intelligence and Ignorance

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    Malik Charlie Gordon's doctors in the story "Flowers for Algernon" did not act ethically when they performed the surgery to make him smarter. Charlie Gordon did the surgery to become more intelligent and increase his very low IQ. His doctors were proud of their work, and didn't think ethically of the matter of Charlie's wellbeing. Ethics are developed standards of doing what's right over what's knowingly wrong. They have consistent reason for being ethical. The doctors did not act ethically when

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    Flowers For Algernon Daniel Keyes Do you want to see someone get experimented on and tested on then you should read the story “ Flowers For Algernon” written by Daniel Keyes. In the story Charlie Gordon is the main character in the story he is mentally challenged man he is often made fun of . Charlie was smart at a point in his life, but he has lost all of it. Should he get an operation to make him smart again? My opinion is that he should get the operation and there are multiple

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    In “Flowers For Algernon,” by Daniel Keyes, dynamic characters are important. Dynamic characters change throughout the book. Charlie is a dynamic character because he had an operation, which made him go from illiterate to smart. Once Charlie’s operation kicked in, he started to change. “I beat Algernon!” (Keyes 190). Charlie has changed and wanted to beat Algernon. Before he didn’t care if he won or lost. Charlie is starting to think about things more. He realized Frank and Joe weren’t his friends

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    keep a journal. The entire narrative of Flowers for Algernon is composed of the “progress reports” that Charlie writes. Charlie works at Donner’s Bakery in New York City as a janitor and delivery boy. The other employees often taunt him and pick on him, but Charlie is unable to understand that he is the subject of mockery. He believes that his coworkers are good friends. After a battery of tests—including a maze-solving competition with a mouse named Algernon, who has already had the experimental surgery

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    Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction short story written by Daniel Keyes. The story is about Charlie Gordon, a man with an IQ of 68 who has to go through an operation that will triple his IQ. Charlie does not stay at an IQ of 204 for very long before he starts to regress back to his near mentally retarded self. The story also makes the reader think twice about if it is ethical to enhance human intellect and intelligence by medical procedures. Although the operation done on Charlie was not a

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    Charlie's doctors, Dr Strauss and Dr Nemur, had failed to fully examine the effects the operation would have on Charlie. This is because they hadn't shown enough concern to tell Charlie how he would function both during and after the operation. In "Flowers for Algernon," Charlie Gordon is made fun of for his low IQ, but shunned by coworkers during the experiment. After the experiment had been completed, it was near impossible for Charlie to return to his normal life. "This intellegnce has driven a wedge between

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    Should people have a second chance to get smart, well in the story “Flower for Algernon” by Daniel Keys, a man name Charlie Gordon was kinda mentally challenged, before two doctors was doing some experiments to make people smart witch work but they only tested it on a white rat name Algernon, but I think charlie should have a chance to get smart. One piece of evidence that points to this is that it was charlie lifetime dream to get smart. Charlie had an I.Q of 68 so he is really wanting to be smart

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