Charlie In Daniel Keyes Flowers For Algernon

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You could say that in the novel Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, Charlie gets influenced easily, or you could say that Women are silver tongued and very charismatic, but you can’t argue that women influence Charlie in more ways than one. Charlie’s mother, Rose Gordon influences him through his childhood and his memories, Alice Kinnian, Charlie’s teacher at the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults, influences Charlie in the most important manner by recommending and encouraging him to get the operation. Fay Lillman is Charlie’s next door neighbour who is a free spirit and friends with Charlie, Fay influences Charlie by being unorganized and lazy, this makes Charlie more of a mess. Charlie gets influenced by various women in the novel, but Rose, Alice and Fay affect him greatly throughout the story.
To begin, Charlie’s mother had a great impact on him when he a child, for instance, like any other child, Charlie was curious, he was especially curious about sexually and the anatomy of the female body, but Rose had the mentality that sex before marriage is bad and Charlie would
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Charlie and Alice maintained a relationship throughout the whole novel, therefore Charlie was more sensitive around Alice, Charlie could tell Alice anything without being judged, Charlie trusted Alice and Alice trusted Charlie, this made Charlie more empathetic. Even prior to Charlie’s operation, Alice cared very much about Charlie and was always supportive since he was so enthusiastic and willing to learn. This made Charlie even more determined to learn and increase his intelligence. To conclude, Alice has the most important influence because she recommended Charlie get the operation, she also made Charlie more empathic and
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