CliffsNotes on Keyes' Flowers for Algernon: Notes

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LIST OF CHARACTERS

Charlie Gordon

Flowers for Algernon is Charlie’s story. He is the main character who initially works as a janitor in a bakery by day and attends a school for developmentally disabled students at night. Charlie undergoes a surgical procedure that increases his intelligence and challenges every aspect of his perception of life.


Algernon

A white mouse that undergoes the same surgery as Charlie. Algernon’s intelligence is superior to Charlie’s when they first meet; however, Charlie soon surpasses him. Charlie feels a real kinship with Algernon and becomes his advocate, as well as his friend.


Miss Alice Kinnian

Due in large part to Miss Kinnian’s recommendation, Charlie is chosen for the Beekman University experiment. Alice is a teacher at the Beekman Center for Retarded Adults, and Charlie is one of her students. Charlie comes to her class on his own, with the motivation to learn to read and write. Because she feels some responsibility for Charlie’s inclusion in the experiment, Alice continues to see him as he evolves. What initially begins as friendship turns into love. Alice stays close to Charlie until almost the very end. He ends their relationship when he feels that his regression is becoming too painful for both of them.


Professor Harold Nemur

As a professor of psychology at Beekman University, the project to increase human intelligence is Professor Nemur’s lifelong work. But with his orientation to experimentation and science, Prof. Nemur has a hard time relating to Charlie as anything but a lab rat. This attitude creates an ongoing source of conflict for Charlie, who feels that he must constantly remind Prof. Nemur that he was a person before the experiment began.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Contents 3
  • Flowers for Algernon - Notes 5
  • A Brief Synopsis 7
  • List of Characters 8
  • Critical Commentaries 12
  • Character Analyses 43
  • Critical Essays 47
  • Review Questions and Essay Topics 53
  • Selected Bibliography 56
  • Notes 61
  • Notes 62
  • Notes 63
  • Notes 64
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