The Conversation Begins

October 29, 2010

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This blog is a forum for your group and your classmates to have a conversation about Daniel Keye’s fascinating and poignant character study, Flowers for Algernon.  After analyzing the story, you will develop a well written post.  You may want to find or create images and other media to express your ideas. As you and your group members contribute posts, read each others’ ideas and make thoughtful comments.


BrittanyK says Daniel Keyes shows develops imagery through character

February 3, 2015

“Hes soft like a ball of cotton. He blinks and when he opens his eyes their black and pink on the eges.” Page: 229

This is evidence for imagery because Daniel Keyes is comparing Algernon with a cotton ball and that his eyes are black with pink on the edges.

Danial Keyes developed imagery through character because it shows how much Charlie has grown with his ability to describe Algernon.

“I don’t understand why I never noticed how beautiful Miss Kinnian really is. She has brown eyes and feathery brown hair that comes to the top of her neck, She’s only thirty-four!”Page:233

This is evidence for imagery because Daniel Keyes describes that Miss Kinnian’s eyes and hair are brown and that Miss Kinnian’s brown hair is feathery and goes down to the top of her neck. Daniel Keyes is developing imagery through character because Charlie’s feelings start to grow more for Miss Kinnian as he begins to mature.labyrinth

“Then when I got up I saw the look of Joe’s face an it gave me a funny feeling my stomack. “He’s a scream,” one of the girls said. Everybody was laughing. Frank said, “I ain’t laughed so much since we sent him off for the newspaper that night at Muggsy’s and ditched him.’ ‘Look at him. His face is red.’ He’s blushing. Charlie is blushing.” “Hey Ellen, what’d you do to Charlie? I never saw him act like that before.” I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. Everyone was looking at me and I felt naked. I wanted to hide myself. I ran out into the street and I threw up. Then I walked home. It’s a funny thing I never knew that Joe and Frank and the others liked to have me around all the time to make fun of me. Page: 231

This is evidence for imagery because every time I read this part, I picture a room full of adults in their 20’s or 30’s all laughing and staring at Charlie who’s face is really red with embarrassment from finally realizing why his “friends” like to have him around. Daniel Keyes is developing imagery through character because Charlie is realizing that people only like to have him around to make fun of him because he never noticed that before he started to get smarter.

 

 


Jennifer L. Says Daniel Keyes creates mood through dialog

February 2, 2015

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“Maybe someday I’ll beat Algernon. Boy that would be something.”

said Charlie Gordon a 37 year old man who is mentally challenged and has given an opportunity to increase his learning ability. This story is called Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I really enjoyed reading this because the author creates mood through dialog and makes his readers want to get more into the story.

“Thats why im going away from New York for good. I dont want to do anything like that agen. I dont want Miss Kinnian to feel sorry for me. evry body feels sorry at the factery and i dont want that eather so im going someplace where nobody knows that Charlie Gordan was once a genus and now he cant even reed or rite good.”

The writer creates mood because in this part of the story he is talking about how everyone feels sorry for him because he’s not as smart as he was before. He is moving to New York so that he can start a new life and no one in New York will know about the past he lived. This makes us feel sad or sorry for him because the author makes a great job telling what Charlie has on his mind. Charlie says that he can’t even read or write well which makes us also feel bad for him because the author gives good detail on expressing the character and how he feels.

Daniel Keyes creates mood through dialog because in the story he says,

“Once again now i gave the feeling of shame burning inside. This intelligence has driven a wedge between me and all the people i once knew and loved. Before, they laughed at me and despised me for my ignorance and dullness; now they hate me for my knowledge and understanding. What in God’s name do they want of me? They’ve driven me out of the factory. Now I’m more alone then ever before…”

The author makes the character express his feelings so that the reader knows that he feels pain or lonely.

“We had alot of fun at the factery today. Joe Carp said hey look where charlie had his operashun what did they do Charlie put some brains on. That made me laff. They really my friends and they like me.”

This creates mood because at this point if you have read this story, you will probably be have a strange madness and your probably saying to yourself,  ” Wow those guys are jerks for telling that to some poor kid. Well that’s good you’re feeling mad or sad because the author is making sure he puts the important part of the people at his factory and he adds in the part where he says that they are his friends. He does that so you can get more into the book and want to read and find out more.

This story was great i absolutely rate it a solid 10. I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone.


Elise L says Daniel Keyes uses character to developed theme

February 2, 2015

Elise L says that the author Daniel Keyes uses character to develop the theme of the story. Through the characters personality and the way they act we learn more about what the author is trying to convey to us  what the theme of the story is.

“That’s why I am going away from New York for good. I dont want to do nothing like that again. I dont want Miss Kinnian to feel sorry for me. Everybody feels sorry at the factory and I don’t want that either so I am going someplace where nobody knows Charlie Gordon was once a genius and now he cant even read a book or write good.”

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This is evidence because the main character doesnt feel good about himself and is affected by what others think of him. His character develops the theme of the story which is dont judge others because you dont know what they have been through.

The character was described as not the smartest person but he was made fun of because that. The character develops the theme of judging and the affect it has on others.

“I felt sick inside as I looked at his dull vacuous smile the wide bright eyes of a child uncertain but eager to please. They were all laughing at him because he was mentally retarded.”

This is evidence that character is the minor device because this young boy is being made fun of and the main character realizes that the boy doesnt understand that he is being laughed at. The main character understands the situation and shows compassion towards the boy by telling everybody to stop laughing.

The character develops the theme because the theme is to stand up to bullying. The main character stood up for the young boy that didnt understand what was going on.

“Miss.Kinnian told me to look up long words in the dictionary to learn how to spell them. I said whats the difference if you can read it anyway. She said its part of your education so now on Ill look up all the words I’m not sure how to spell. It takes a long time to write that way but i think I’m remembering.”

The character is the minor device because its the character in this context that helps develop the theme.

The theme is if you want to fix something in your life whether you deserved it or not you need to work hard to fix it. The character helps develop this theme because it is how the character reacts to the problem that shows us as readers that he wants to change something in his life and he is willing to work for it.
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Lizbeth M. says Daniel Keyes develops personification through action

February 2, 2015

When I first started reading “flowers for Algernon”  I thought that I wouldn’t like the story but after I finished reading it I loved it.  It was maybe one of the best short stories I have ever read.  What made me want to read it was this quote “maybe someday I’ll beat Algernon.  Boy that would be something.” this quote really shows how Daniel Keyes develops Personification through actions.

“Bart told me that Algernon is so smart
that he needs to solve a test every day to get food” (Pg:229)

This is evidence of personification because it says that a mouse had to take a test just to get food everyday. I thought that this was big evidence because not a lot of animals have to take tests to get food. The actions start to develop personification because Daniel Keyes is starting to give the mouse human like qualities.

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“nothing is happening . I had lots of tests and different
kinds of races with Algernon, I hate that mouse. he always beats me.” (pg:226)

This is evidence of personification because the actions the mouse is doing is making him look more like a human than a mouse. The actions start to develop personification because Daniel Keyes is giving the mouse little human like shape. like the mouse is personified when it takes on human shape, racing is what gives the mouse human shape.

“If you get a chance put some flowers on Algernons grave in the back yard.” (pg:245)

this is evidence of personification because the author (Daniel Keyes) once again gives the mouse human shape just because in the passage it says to put flowers on his GRAVE.the action show again starts to develop personification because of what is said and not really action but it still evidence that they buried a mouse and people don’t really do that to  a mouse so I though that it was evidence of personification because not a lot of animals have a grave so I thought that it kind of gives the mouse some human shape.

My favorite part in the short story was when Charlie Gordon starts to get more knowledge about everything.  I really like this story because I like how the author –Daniel Keyes–  writes the story as if Charlie Gordon was writing it. I think that it gives a better Point of view than if the author was writing it as her point of view.   I think that if you haven’t read the story you should read it. I bet you will be sucked in to the story.

 


Erin B. says Daniel Keyes creates mood through character

February 2, 2015

Flowers for Algernon is a story about an operation on a mentally challenged man who has special needs. I think the story portrayed mood as Charlie battled through everything he faced after the surgery as a new person with an unexpected future ahead of him. I also identified character because Charlie attributions and thoughts were conveyed throughout the story.

“I hope they use me. Miss Kinnian says maybe they can make me smart. I want to be smart. My name is Charlie Gordon. I am 37 years old and 2 weeks ago was my brithday. I have nuthing more to rite now so I will close for today.” pg.221

This is evidence because it introduces the character, which is Charlie. It also describes the character and some traits about him. He says about what he is going through and how he wants to be smart. This affects my mood because through the struggles that Charlie is experiencing that impacts me and I feel bad for him and want to help him somehow.

brainThe minor device was used to develop mood in this story because through Charlie (the main character) I react to his actions or what he writes for his progress report. We can also start to see how Charlie deals with certain situations and how he handles them.

“Their going to use me! Im so exited I can hardly rite. Dr Nemur and Dr Strauss had an agrament about it first. Dr Nemur was in the office when he brot me in. Dr Strauss was worryed about using me but Dr Strauss told him Miss Kinnian rekemmended me the best from all the people she was teaching.” pg.223

The text above shows the minor literary device because the character reacts to a situation and shows his excitement. So I am responding to his mood. I am happy for Charlie because they are using him for the operation to try to work on his brain to improve his intelligence. He has wanted this all his life and its finally going to happen.

The author developed mood because from the character because he makes you think about Charlie and what he is experiencing.

“I dont know why im dumb agen or what i did wrong maybe its becaus I dint try hard enuff. But if I try and practis very hard maybe Ill get a littl smarter and know what all the words are. Anyway I bet im the first dumb person in the world who ever found something importent for sience. pg.245

This shows a big part of Charlies character because in the begining of the book Charlie wanted the operation so bad and he got it. Then he got more intelligent and made progress. Then he started going downhill from there. His actions impacted my mood because it made me sad. He worked so hard to be more intelligent and was willing to do anything, then the opertion didn’t work after all of his progress. So that made me sad.

Charlie developed feeling and mood in the readers mind because his writing impacted how we felt about what happened to Charlie throughout his journey trying to battle his special needs.


Tatum N says Daniel Keyes uses Conflict to Create a Motivated Character.

February 2, 2015

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is based on a true story.  Keyes met a man who had the same condition as Charlie, and that man then became the inspiration to write the book.  It took Keyes 4 years to write the story, and as soon as I started to read I was completely engrossed by the way Keyes used the conflict in Charlies life to make him want to be motivated and to change his life and the lives of others.

“I fell a few times and I couldn’t understand why because
no one else was dancing besides Ellen and me. And all the time I was tripping because somebody’s foot was always sticking out…  Now I know what it means to pull a Charlie Gordon” (page 230)

This a example of conflict because it shows that his friends are just using Charlie to entertain them, my mouse, pepperto make them probably feel above everybody else.  It revels that Charlie is not the sharpest tool in the shed, and his “friends” take advantage of him for being different.  Charlie does not know that, so what he thinks are his friends, are not his friends.

The author is beginning to show how Charlie does not realize that he is being used by other people, he thinks that they are just “play teasing” him, when really the are bullying him and taking advantage.  Also it shows the small realization that Charlie is starting to see that the world around him is not so nice.

“I reely wantid to lern. They said how come you went to adult nite scool all by your self Charlie. I told them becaus all my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb. But its very hard to be smart. They said you know it will probly be tempirery. I said yes. Miss Kinnian told me. I dont care if it herts.”(page 222)

This is a example of conflict because as you can see, Charlie is being told that his efforts may not pay off, and that he kind of knows that.  Also you see that the people around him are almost teasing him about being in school as a adult, and that he did it by himself.  Not because somebody told him, he found that and that is something the people around him believe.

But you can kind of see the motivation inside him coming through. He does not care if it hurts, or if it only lasts a short time, but Charlie is willing to take the risk to get the feeling to be like the people around him, and to be smart. Like I said before, he figured out how to become smart all by himself, and that is the twist in the beginning in the story, that he took that chance to change things himself.

“Once again now I have the feeling of shame burning inside of me. This intelligence has driven a wedge between me and the ones I knew and loved. Before, they laughed at me and despised me for my ignorance and dullness; now, they hate me for my knowledge and understanding.”

This shows the eternal conflict within Charlie. He wants to be accepted by other people but he knows that he can’t be in between where is now, and where he was before.

dandilion!!!But Charlie sees that he is not like others, he is willing to be different and the one that stands out from everyone else.  He likes the feeling of being smart and he wants to keep pushing to keep getting farther, and he wants to change things for the people like him, and in the quote it shows that if you look deeper into it you see that Charlie does not care what people think he sees the potential to his new self and that he can change his life.

Charlie has come to change his own life and the lives of others in the story.  He made his mark on the people around him and they will never forget it.  Charlie may not be completely smart now, and back where he started,  but he is going to take the chance to change his life for good.


Kylee says, “Daniel Keyes develops characterization through dialog and narration.”

February 2, 2015

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When I read the cover sheet of  “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes I knew I was going to have to read it because how it grabs you with like two sentences of his progress reports and the way Charlie Gordon wrote things. This story is based on a true story. 4 years before he wrote this story Keyes met a guy who was mentally disabled. He was inspired but didn’t know how to start it.

 

 

Flowers - Orange“Look at him. His face is red.”  “He’s blushing. Charlie is blushing.”  “Hey, Ellen, what’d you do to Charlie? I never saw him like act like this before.”  I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. Everyone was looking at me and laughing and I felt naked. I ran out into the street and I threw up. Then I walked home. It’s a funny thing that I never know that Joe and Frank and the others liked to have me around all of the time to make fun of me. Now I know what it means when they say “to  pull a Charlie Gordon.”
I ashamed.

This is evidence that Dialog and Narration because what the workers are saying and what he is saying is that he is not very smart because they say “to pull a Charlie Gordon” and that means to do something dumb because Charlie is not very smart but with the thing he did he is getting smarter so he is starting to realize it when people make fun of him.

“All right! All right, you dope,” shouted the owner, “don’t just stand there! Get the broom and sweep that mess up. A broom. . . a broom, you idiot! It’s in the kitchen. Sweep up all the pieces.” . . .  “C’mon, di it again. . . .” “He’s not so dumb. It’s easier to break ‘em than wash ‘em.”. . . I felt sick inside as I looked at his dull, vacuous smile, the wide, bright eyes of a child, uncertain but eager to please. They were laughing at him because he was mentally retarded. And I had been laughing at him too. Suddenly, I was was furious at myself and all those who were smirking at him. I jumped and shouted, “Shut up! Leave him alone! It’s what he is! But for God’s sake. . . he’s still a human being!” 

This is evidence of characterization because it is showing how Charlie changed from the first paragraph to the second paragraph. He used to be the one in the position of the boy, mentally retarded, but ever since the operation he has been smarter, and now he knows what they are doing when they laugh at them so he stand up for them.Small mouse macro

“June 15. Dr. Strauss came to see me again. I wouldn’t open the door, and I told him to go away. I want to be left to myself. I have become touchy and irritable.”(p.g 140)
“If you ever reed this Miss Kinnian dont be sorry for me Im glad I got a second chanse to be smart becaus I lerned a lot of things that I never even new were in this world and Im grateful that I saw it all for a littel bit” (p.g 245)

This narration is evidence of characterization because it showing how the smartness from the operation is wearing off and also how his spelling went from bad to amazing back to bad in the end.


Avery I. Says Daniel Keys revels Mood through Conflict

January 30, 2015

When I read Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys I get sucked into the book because of how he uses conflict to revel mood. He makes me feel what the the main character (Charlie) feels.

“I don’t remember how the party was over but i think i went out to buy a newspaper and coffee or Joe and frank and when I came back there was no one their. Then I don’t remember not feeling so good but i think i got sleepy or sick”.  (pg 228)

This is evidence because when Joe and Frank ditched him you can tell that they are mistreating him, it seems to of dampen the mood because charlie is so clueless of his “Friends.” Due to the fact that his friends are treating him so bad and he does not understand really makes you feel bad for him and starts to understand how he feels. This is a direct mood through conflict.

‘P.P.S. Please if you have a chance put some flowers on Algernons grave in the bak yard”. (Pg 245)

This is the last line of the book and it sets the mood for what you remember of the whole book. This is why I chose this story because of the end, it really makes you feel something and that’s whats books are about. He uses the mood to develop conflict between him and himself. What I mean by this is because he is. At this point the reader feels pretty sad and it sure is a tear jerkier. The story is a real roller coster in the terms of his intelligence and our feelings. He starts of being challenged and gradually getting starting to become more intelligent, but the conflict graduates more as well. He is always conflicted with not being smart enough or being to smart, then being on the verge of death.

“Maybe someday Ill beat Algernon. Boy would that be something”. (Pg  227)

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This puts a happy mood into the reader because he is oblivious to everything around him except Algernon. This is also very important because he is thinking in more advanced ways which contribute more to the story. This is where Daniel keys begins to develop charlie as a character and begins to set a mood foe him and how it begins to change. Because this is in the third page of 25 pages, this is still the beginning part or expedition we can see that he is devolving things as well.

 


Zoey R. says Daniel Keys creates plot through character.

January 30, 2015

In Flower for Algernon by Daniel Keys,  He reveals so much about the character.  Daniel made me feel more engaged in this short story because its so insightful. He found many ways to show  how the plot makes the reader  feel how the character develops.

“Dr. Strauss says i shud rite down what i think and every thing that hapins to me from now on. i don’t know why but he says its importint so they will use me. I hope they use me. Miss kinnian says maybe they can make me smart. I want to be smart. MY name is Charlie Gordon. I am 37 years old and 2 weeks ago was my brithday. i have nuthing more to rite now so i will close for today.” (pg.221)

Shannon's mouseI believe this is plot because it is the exposition or the beginning of the story. From this passage of the story i think that charlie is going to progress or something is going to happen to him because of the plot and how there is different steps of plot.

This shows character because it is telling who charlie is and how he is not as into everything like we are he is a little off the axis because he has a disorder.

I’m skared. Lots of people who work here and the nurses and the people who gave me the test came to give my candy and wish me good luck. I got my rabits foot and my lucky penny and my horse shoe. Only a black cat crossed me when i was coming to the hospitil.(rising action)” (pg.225)

I believe that this is is plot because it is when he is getting ready for the operation and that is just the beginning or rising action to the conflict.

down sendromThis passage shows plot through character because it shows how its the rising action showing how charlie is going to progress in the story.

” .. I have checked and rechecked my results a dozen times in the hope of finding a error. I’m sorry to say the results must stand. Yet for the sake of science, I am grateful for the little bit that that i here add to the knowledge of the function of the human mind and of the laws of governing the artificial increase of human intelligence.”(pg.239)

This shows plot because charlie is writing a letter to the doctor that he has figured out the he is decreasing in intelligence to the point where he will eventually die or it is the falling action to the resolution.

This developed character because it is showing that charlie has gone through an event that has led him to the end of his story and through a process of telling who he is as not only a character but as a person.