The Conversation Begins

October 29, 2010

Giang Hồ Thị Hoàng

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.

Avery I. Says Daniel Keys revels mood through Conflict

January 30, 2015

I chose the book Flowers for Algernon because how it makes you feel unlike most story’s don’t. It is a great short story for anyone.

“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 and it kind of dampens the mood that charlie set of being so clueless of her “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 at 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. 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)

Flowers For Algernon

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.

This 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.