Themes Of Flowers For Algernon

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“Flowers for Algernon” Essay by Matthew Duran

In “Flowers for Algernon,” numerous themes appear throughout Charlie Gordon’s journey. Charlie Gordon, the story’s protagonist, is considered to be used as a test subject for an original experiment that can potentially change the face of science. After many tests, Charlie undergoes an operation, as a result, a slow progression begins in his overall intelligence levels.
In the excerpt “Flowers for Algernon” written by Daniel Keyes, the theme conveyed is that people should modify nature's course for the benefit of science. Daniel Keyes first expresses this by the character’s dialogue, at first when Charlie spoke he was lost, he spoke with no emotion and did not truly nor fully understand the concept of his conversations, but after the surgery he communicated with a passion, he knew what he was saying and could get his point across to other people with full clarity and understanding of the concept. The second thing Keyes asserts is Algernon, without the operation Algernon would just be a normal mouse eating and sleeping, doing what all other pet mice do, but with the surgery, Algernon became important, he was the foundation and test subject for the experiment and there was a more important point in his life, but Algernon did eventually decline and pass away, the experiment had many problems and questions to be solved but Algernon helped answer a few of these concerns. Algernon also served as a friend and representation of

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