Book Review Of Flowers Of Algernon

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Some people aren’t as intelligent as others due to genetics and mutations in the DNA of the people. This book is called Flowers of Algernon. Flowers of Algernon is a science fiction book. It is about this man who has an unusually low IQ. His name is Charlie Gordon, and he was part of this experiment that involved brain surgery to help people who are mentally challenged to become more intelligent. The author of this book, Daniel Keyes, wrote it with the purpose of teaching the people who read it that every person deserves to be respected no matter the differences. When Charlie was little to before he noticed that people he thought were his friends made fun of him all the time. They laughed at Charlie and Charlie laughed along with them. For example, “ Joe Carp said hey look where Charlie had his operashun what did they do Charlie put some brains in. … Then Frank Reilly said what did you do Charlie open a door the hard way. That made me laff. Their my friends and I really like me.”(Keyes 22) This happens when he goes back to work at the bakery right after his operation. At this point in the book he is starting to realize how people are treating him. He is also absorbing knowledge like a sponge absorbs water. When it became noticeable that Charlie was becoming slightly more intelligent as the time went by, the workers at Donner's Bakery became startled in a way.They didn’t want anything to do with Charlie anymore. They also stopped bothering and making fun of

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