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.  Working with your group, find significant details in the story. Look for a specific passage, a pivotal event, or an important symbol. Explore the author’s use of language, mood and tone.  Consider the relationship between the characters.  Think about the way that the characters are described, their characteristics, the conflicts that they face, the actions they take, and their emotional reactions. Investigate the setting – pay attention to descriptive words and details that are used to describe the place and time of the story.

Finally, find something that grabs your interest and that you want to examine carefully. Investigate the story completely — make it your own. Learn everything you can about it, and then develop a well written post.  Use hypertext to connect to ideas and provide context for your writing.  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.

Karlee says: Daniel Keyes uses foreshadowing and character actions/reaction to create mood

February 7, 2014

Daniel Keyes uses foreshadowing and character actions/reaction to create mood

In the story “Flowers For Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, I found myself noticing a lot of mood while reading. The way he weaved the foreshadowing and character actions so well to slowly build up your mood while reading amazed me. Just a few bits and pieces of the book show so much emotion.


“…Joe said Charlie is a card when hes potted.I dont know what that means but everybody likes me and we have fun… I went out to buy a newspaper and coffe for Joe and Frank and when I came back there was no one their. I looked for them all over till late. Then I dont remember so good but I think I got sleepy or sick. A nice cop brot me back home…I think maybe I fell but Joe Carp says it was the cop they beat up drunks some times. I don’t think so. Miss Kinnian says cops are to help people.”

Foreshadowing and character actions are being used a lot in this passage, but mostly character action and reaction. At the end of the passage, Charlie is skeptical of what Joe and Frank told him about the cop. This is showing that Charlie’s brain is beginning to grow, and foreshadowing the beginning of noticeable intelligence growth. before, he would’ve believed just about anything anybody told him. Now, he’s questioning something that his “friend” told him, which shows that his brain is starting to grow. With action, we see Joe and Frank making fun of Charlie, who has never done a thing against anyone, and who’s been trying his hardest to do things right.Joe and Frank ditch Charlie in middle of the city, knowing that Charlie might not know the way home, which is rude and such a horrible thing to do to anyone. With reaction, we see Charlie being made fun of, and when I was reading, that made me feel kind of angry, and it made me feel so bad for Charlie, because he doesn’t know how terrible people can be, and how people are making fun of him. He just stands there and laughs along, not even knowing that the joke is him. This passage is using character actions  because the author tries to leave us thinking about how we feel when Joe and Frank are making fun of such a nice person, and how we feel about Charlie’s reaction. Foreshadowing creates a mood of hope for Charlie, while character action and reaction creates a mood of sadness and pity towards Charlie, and anger towards Joe and Frank.


“They said why did you want to. 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.”

Here, foreshadowing is being used to clue the reader into what happens at the end, how Charlie is going to feel after the operation. In the beginning, the book sets you up to think that Charlie will be okay, he’ll be successful and his intelligence will take him far. It sets you up to feel hope, only to knock you down at the end, creating a mood of sadness. As you read the first time, you don’t really know what will happen, and when Charlie’s brain starts to fail, you realize that even though he said he wouldn’t care about what happens, he really does, and this is where mood comes into play. You start feeling so terrible for Charlie and what’s happened. When reading, I found myself “aw”-ing in my head, and feeling so bad for him. This small thought from Charlie really  foreshadows the mood towards the end of the story. He wants to be smart so badly, he doesn’t really care or even ask about the risks of the operation. Although he says “I dont care if it herts”, in the end he’s desperate for a solution, or even just a delay for what’s to come. This creates sort of a mood of pity, even sadness for the man who’s realized at the peak of his intelligence that he will deteriorate into even less than he started with. This can make you feel maybe a twinge of sadness, proving how foreshadowing is creating tons of feeling and the mood of the story.


“Burt, who is in charge of the experimental animals, tells me that Algernon is changing. He is less co-operative; he refuses to run the maze any more; general motivation has decreased. And he hasn’t been eating. Everyone is upset about what this may mean.”

This is a literary device because Algernon’s actions are sort of foreshadowing Charlie’s, and so this is both foreshadowing and character action. In this passage, foreshadowing and character are working very  closely together. All of Charlie’s actions are being foreshadowed by Algernon throughout the book, and so when Algernon starts to not operate correctly, of course everyone is worried. This is creating the mood of despair and worry towards Charlie.

This book is full of foreshadowing and character actions and mood. I would include all of it, but then my post would be way too long. So, I will end it here, and leave you to add your thoughts about the book in the comments.

Danielle Says: Daniel Keyes uses mood to create the theme of a broken future

February 7, 2014

Throughout the story Daniel Keyes used mood to create the theme of a broken future


Charlie was born with a mental illness. He isn’t very smart, he can’t spell very well, he doesn’t understand most things people are saying to him and even now that he is an adult he can barely do that , he thinks that everybody is his friend. Charlie is part of a lab experiment, he practically lives in that lab, the doctors are gonna do a surgery on him to see if they can boost his knowledge and maybe even make him smarter than the average person. After he gets the surgery and everything goes well, he begins to understand that the people weren’t actually being friendly, but they were bullying him, He then stands out against everyone to see if he could get the surgery done to every person who has mental illness.This obviously shows how much of a broken future they will have, because in this time they have to change themselves, change something that they didn’t get to choose if they were born with it, imagine in the future.

The way he uses mood to create that theme is by showing that someone has to change something about themselves that they didn’t choose to be born with in order to be accepted in society.

A line that expresses the mood given in this story is:

“How such people think nothing of abusing a man born with a low intelligence”

The mood given here is pity and anger, how could someone be so heartless to the point where they are making fun of someone born with a mental illness, they didn’t choose to be born like that, this would be so frowned upon in our time but they just seem to not care.

“Mirrored their smile and finally broke into an uncertain grin at the joke he obviously did not understand, They were laughing at him because he was mentally retarded”

The fact that this kid feels like these people are his friend because they are laughing at him, creates anger, he doesn’t have the knowledge to understand that they’re not laughing with him, they’re laughing at him. Which makes the reader feel mad, how could someone laugh at a kid with a mental illness? Why isn’t anybody sticking up for him? These thought are created in the readers head.

“ I was angry at the fact that he had lied to me, he wasn’t as smart as I had always thought him to be”

Here it shows how most people take advantage of someone with a mental disability, and use it to make themselves look better than they actually are. The mood created here is pity, he was used to getting lied to all the time, now that he finally realizes that, he gets angry, angry that someone could lie to him, that they took advantage of his low intelligence and used it for their benefit, not caring that someday he might find out and be hurt. disability

All that happens in this story leads up to the main thought, a broken future, and the way the mood is used emphasizes it and helps the reader understand why we are leading up to that. Without pity, and remorse we tend to be less careful about others feelings.

Courtney says: Daniel Keyes develops Chronological order during when he reveals Character Development.

February 7, 2014


Daniel Keyes develops Chronological Order during when he reveal of Character Development.

When  I was reading this story, I noticed that there was chronological order, and Character Development. In this story, you can notice there is Chronological Order. The way Charlie writes his “diary” or “story” Is by The Progress Report #’s & the days that go in between each report. Character Development ties into this because Each report gets better & better . And each day between each report gets better and better.

 This is the first report.

progris riport 1-martch 5,

Dr. Strauss says I shud rite down what I think and evrey thing
         that happins to me from now on, I dont know why but he says its
         importint so they will see if 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. I have
         nuthing more to rite now so I will close for today."
 This is about 50% through:
progress report 11, April 22
 I was shocked. That wasn't what I had expected him to say.
         "You mean there are no pictures hidden in those inkblots?"
            He frowned and took off his glasses. "What?"
            "Pictures. Hidden in the inkblots. Last time you told me
         everyone could see them and you wanted me to find them too."
            He explained to me that the last time he had used almost the
         exact same words he was using now. I didn't believe it, and I still
         have the suspicion that he misled me at the time just for the fun of it.
         Unless--I don't know any more--could I have been that feeble-

About 75% through : July 10 My landlady Mrs Flynn is very worried about me. She says the way I lay around all day and dont do anything I remind her of her son before she threw him out of the house.  I try to read a little bit every day, mostly stories, but sometimes I have to read the same thing over and over again because I dont know what it means. And its hard to write. I know I should look up all the words in the dictionary but its so hard and Im so tired all the time. Then I got the idea that I would only use the easy words instead of the long hard ones. That saves time. I put flowers on Algernons grave about once a week. Mrs Flynn thinks I’m crazy to put flowers on a mouses grave but I told her that Algernon was special.  

 I know this is evidence because in the first report, Charlie can’t spell the best & this is the first step to Character development . And this would be the first report in Chronological Order.

I know that in the report that is about 50% through, Charlie realizes that when he first was using the inkblots he thought that Mr. Strauss said that there were hidden pictures in the inkblots & everyone could see him. Now that he’s a little bit smarter he realized that Mr. Strauss is saying the same thing. That is evidence that Charlie has Developed Character.

In about 75% through the story, Charlies landlady is worried about him because The mouse Algernon died. That effects Charlie because Algernon was like a friend to him because he was learning the things he was to. So the effects of that, is that he’s not learning the things he was anymore, because he’s sad and his mind is set of Algernon. That results in Loss of Development mentally, but is also “Character Development” because of the Chronological order shows that he is developing different ways throughout the story.

"Good-by Miss Kinnian and Dr Strauss and evreybody. And P.S.
         please tell Dr Nemur not to be such a grouch when pepul laff at him
         and he would have more frends. Its easy to make frends if you let
         pepul laff at you. Im going to have lots of frends where I go.
         P.P.S. Please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave
         in the bak yard...."

Since Charlie is losing that mental development, at the end of the story on the last report of July 28th, he lost most of his grammar, and everything he learned.

Michael says : Daniel Keyes uses dialog to create mood.

February 5, 2014

After reading flowers to algernon I thought of a thesis, and the thesis was “Daniel Keyes creates dialogue among that illustrates mood,” The evidence I found towards my thesis is on page 237 when Charlie is eating at the diner and he begins to be reminded of how he used to be before the surgery when he sees a new dishwasher who had the same disability as he didn’t make him feel well inside thats when he created a scene and also he was mad because the rude and mean comments that people were making about that one guy that in my mind I think it kinda made him think of himself before all this.

“Punctuation, is? fun!”

In this sentences taken from the story it shows that he is learning new things and that he is happy to know it because it shows that he’s making fun out of his learning. Mrs. Kinnnian told him that it was important to use commas because someone could lose a lot of money with a period instead of a comma. You can tell that Charlie is very interested in what he is learning by the way he remembers his teachers words.

“I hate that mouse”

Charlie says he hates the mouse because at the beginning when they did the mazes, no matter what, the mouse always beat him. Even though they told him that after a little practice, he would be able to beat him every time. Charlie got very frustrated that he quit going. When the doctor talked to him about it he said he wasn’t going anymore because the mouse always won. The doctor then told him that he wouldn’t have to race him but he should come anyway.

Now I know what it means when they say “to pull a Charlie Gordon”

In this part of the story Charlie explains about when his friends invited him to a party and made him dance with Ellen by himself. He soon realized after trying to dance and falling several times that his friends had set him up. He came to the realization that his friend kept him around to just make fun of him. Thats when he really understood and felt very ashamed.

“I put Algernon’s body in a cheese box and buried him in the back yard. I cried.”

At this point Charlie is not just sad about Algernon dying, he is also scared. He is scared that what happened to Algernon is going to happen to him. The ironic part is that Charlie is so intelligent that he had made an educated guess about what had happened to Algernon and he was right. Now he sits in his house and worries about when it is going to happen to him.

Carolina says: Joan Aikens Shows conflict by creating character

February 4, 2014

My story is “The Third Wish” by Joan Aikens, I personally really enjoyed this story because it is a really good moral and it really does show how people cause problem. It is not a usual ending because he eventually transforms her into a swan and I believe that Mr. Peters uses his last wish to live in peace forever because he was with his loved ones.
For my story, my thesis is “ Joan Aikens shows conflict by creating character.” What I mean by this is, that the way the characters act is what causes the problem or conflict. A piece of character evidence I found in the story is,

“Now he understood that Leita was really a swan from the forest, and this made him very sad because when a human being marries a bird it always leads to sorrow.”

This is evidence because it says how he felt sad because since he married the swan, there would always be sadness and she would be sad. This supports my thesis because it shows how much he loves her and how he realizes that they will never be happy exactly because she is partially swan and he is human and this causes problem. Also this quote from the text shows how he was in denial and he wanted to be happy with her not realizing the cons of the situation.

Another piece of evidence that supports my thesis is,

“Poor Mr. Peters was very distressed on his wife’s account and did his best to keep his wife happier, taking her for drives in the car, finding beautiful music for her to listen to on the radio, buying clothes for her and even suggesting a trip round the world. But she said no to that; she would prefer to stay in their own house near the river.”

I think this is evidence because It shows how he truly does love Leita and how she starts to kind of get depresse

and be with her. And shows how she really wants to be with her sister but she herself feel like she has to be loyal to Mr. Peters and feeling down and he is willing to do anything to make her happy again. But even though he offered her everything all she wants is to be with her sister and This supports my thesis because he is willing to do anything for her he will give up his second wish for her to be happy with him and his sister but that is not possible so she is still sad and depressed but she wants to be loyal to him

The last piece of evidence from the text I have is,


“Next moment instead of Leita there was a sleeping swan lying across the bed with its head under its wing. He carried it out of the house and down the brink of the river, and then he said ‘Leita! Leita!’ to waken her, and gently put her into the water. She gazed round her in astonishment for a moment, and then came up to him and rested her head lightly against his hand; next instant she was flying away over the trees towards the heart of the forest.

I think this is evidence because he finally gave up another wish and this time it was for her to be happy even though he might not be happy without her but her happiness is his happiness. This supports my thesis because he finally gives up another wish but this time it’s for her to be happy and he let her leave. And then he used his last wish to be happy forever.

The story “The Third Wish” is a great story and demonstrates a lot of the thesis, “Joan Aikens shows conflict by creating character.” This story also has a great moral and a great use of literary devices. “The Third Wish” is a story that shows how people cause conflict but it also demonstrates care and love and is a great example of a great story.

Cameron Says: Daniel Keyes uses Foreshadowing to Create the Mood

February 4, 2014

 While I read “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes I found lots of different ways Daniel Keyes was using foreshadowing in this story to create the mood for the story.

 “He is less cooperative; he refuses to run the maze any more; general motivation has decreased.”

  This is an example of foreshadowing being used to create mood because since Charlie had the same operation as Algernon the same effects would happen to Charlie so it is foreshadowing that Charlie will start losing his intelligence as well. It creates the mood by foreshadowing showing he will lose his intelligence is creating pity for him because you know that all he did to get smarter is going to go away and he will just be at how smart he was at the beginning of the story.

“The facts and the results of my experiments are clear, and the more sensational aspects of my own rapid climb cannot obscure the fact that the tripling of intelligence.”

 This also shows how foreshadowing is used in the story to create mood because Charlie knows that what happened to Algernon will happen to him. So he is trying to tell himself to accept the fact that he is going to lose his intelligence. While doing this he his sending his letter to the doctors that operated on him telling them what he has came to a conclusion of. This is creating mood by confirming the foreshadowing that appeared in the earlier in the book and starts people feeling pity for Charlie because he is starting to realize the fact and it is making him fight back his sad feeling.

  “As I review the records and data on Algernon, I see that although he is still in his physical infancy, he has regressed mentally.”

This is an example of using foreshadowing to create mood because This is even more foreshadowing to the fact that Charlie is going to lose his intelligence. It is showing him look at the facts of what has happened to Algernon and is now completely showing him that the same thing will happen to him. This is just making the readers feel even more pity for what is to happen to Charlie. With this the author is making it completely apparent that what Charlie thought was going to happen to him will happen to him.


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Dawn says: Daniel Keyes uses characterization to show the author’s purpose

February 4, 2014

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While reading the story “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, I was thinking about Charlie and what he goes through. Charlie has definite development going on throughout the whole story. While reading the beginning of the story, Charlie, to me was more like a child, but as he matured he seemed more and more like a mature adult just by the spelling that he used. Not only does Keyes show characterization with Charlie, he shows maturing in Charlie’s so called “friends”. I was also contemplating the author’s purpose in the story. He wants to make you feel bad for Charlie and as he matures it makes you feel happy and sad for him, which really ripens the author’s purpose. I think Keyes is trying to show the readers not to bully people. He shows numerous examples of Charlie going through what he has, and making him who he is and making you think twice about what you say to and about others.


I told him I dint think I was going to get smart and he puts his hand
on my sholder and said Charlie you dont know it yet but your
getting smarter all the time. You wont notice for a while.”


This is a good example of what Charlie is capable of. You can see the spelling isn’t the best, nor is his punctuation or grammar. Charlie is determined to be smart. He wants to be like everyone else because he knows he isn’t the normal person. Keyes expresses this feeling often from Charlie like how he was super excited to finally feel accepted by the world. You can see why he feels this way because his peers are constantly making him want to be someone else. As a reader, I felt really bad for Charlie. I felt like he deserved to be smart and he deserved to be accepted by the world, more than his mean friends. I wanted to help him and make sure that he was never bullied again. I think this supports the author’s purpose because it really changes who you are. It makes you think of what you’ve done to others that might have been weird or different from everyone else. It really changes your whole perspective on the world. It also shows that you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself because the more confident you are, the more you actually get done. If you’re always moping around saying that you can’t do anything right, you won’t get anything done at all and you never know what could’ve happened.

“We had a lot of fun at the factory today. Joe Carp said hey look
where Charlie had his operashun what did they do Charlie put some
brains in. I was going to tell him but I remembered Dr Strauss said
no. Then Frank Reilly said what did you do Charlie forget your key
and open your door the hard way. That made me laff. Their really
my friends and they like me.

“One of the new men who came to work there after I went away
made a nasty crack he said hey Charlie I hear your a very smart fella
a real quiz kid. Say something intelligent. I felt bad but Joe Carp
came over and grabbed him by the shirt and said leave him alone
you lousy cracker or Ill break your neck. I didnt expect Joe to take
my part so I guess hes really my friend.”

Right from the start Keyes shows Charlie as actually enjoying being at the factory that day even though you can definitely tell that Joe and Frank were making fun of him. It made me sick inside to see this happening. It made me want to just jump in there and beat them up right on the spot. He even seemed almost excited to tell them about his operation and sad that he couldn’t- almost like he wanted to prove them wrong. In the second paragraph you can see already that Charlie realizes that the new guy is being mean to him even though he was partially telling the truth. Charlie really was a genius. I also see character development in the fact that even though Charlie’s brain went back to normal, he finally realized what a true friend does and when someone was bullying him. I also see that Keyes shows Charlie’s “friends” progression in character. It really made me happy to see them sticking up for Charlie when someone was bullying him. I think this shows the friends comprehension of what they had done to him because he became even more acute than them, and it really surprised Charlie when Joe actually did something nice for him. I think this supports the author’s purpose because it shows how you should defend others like Joe did because you don’t know what they’re capable of. Even if we don’t know it at the time, it could seriously hurt them. What you say really matters and Keyes makes us debate ourselves and what we say before we say it and how it affects others around us.

“Sometimes somebody will say hey look at Joe or Frank or
George he really pulled a Charlie Gordon. I dont know why they say
that but they always laff.”

“I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. Everyone was
looking at me and laughing and I felt naked. I wanted to hide. I ran
outside 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.
Now I know what it means when they say “to pull a Charlie
I’m ashamed.”

When I read this I wonder why Keyes is making us feel this way. It really makes me mad how people are treating Charlie like this. It’s just not fair. I think it’s almost a blessing in disguise when he doesn’t understand why or even that his “friends” are making fun of him. Knowing what is happening to himself makes him more liable to sadness and disappointment, but on the other hand, it’s good because it helps him grasp what is actually happening in the real world, and will help him stop it. It also makes me mad that he was ashamed of himself when people when making fun of him, even though none of it was his fault at all, it was just his “friends”. It really shows Charlie growing up. You can see from the first one, he didn’t even realize what was going on or what a “Charlie Gordon” was. I perceived him more as a child than the actual 30 year old man that he really is. Later I saw that he acted a little more mature and adult like, but the feelings, more of a teenager, as he shows supererogatory with his feelings. Keyes presents Charlie as someone who is a child all of his life, and suddenly grows up, all at once instead of slowly and gradually like most people. He shouldn’t be ashamed for who he is or was. I think this contributes to the author’s purpose because it really makes you see the effect you have on others. Even if you don’t choose to realize what you’re doing or what others are doing to you, it always has an effect that is not easily reversible, so you should think about what you say or do before you do it.

In the end I think Flowers For Algernon is a great story and we can all legitimately learn from it and from Charlie.


Caleb H. says: Danyel Keys uses characterization to reveal the character

February 4, 2014

In Flowers For Algernon Danyel Keys uses characterization to reveal the character. As Charlie’s intelligence grows, so does his character.

“I had a test today. I think I faled it. And I think maybe now they wont use me. What happind is a nice young man was in the room and he had some white cards and ink spillled all over them. He sed Charlie what do you see on this card. I was very skared even tho I had my rabits foot in my pockit because when I was a kid I always faled tests in school and I spillled ink to.”

This first passage reveals the mood of the character and how he feels about the the test by showing that he is scared of the tests. This helps explain the theme of the story, by showing he does not have much faith in himself. Charlie has trouble writing just like he has trouble in life.  It also shows that he is an impressionable person because he gives his opinion about every person he meets.

“Nothing is happining. I had lots of tests and different kinds of races with Algernon. I hate that mouse. He always beats me. Dr. Strauss said I got play those games. And he said some time I got to take those tests over again. Those inkblots are stupid. And those pictures are stupid.”

The second passage shows the growth of the character and his feelings. It lets the reader know he is frustrated because he cannot beat the mouse. He gets upset very easily when he is not able to solve his problems. Charlie is not very smart but he is becoming more self aware.

“April 6 I beat Algernon! I dint even know I beat him until Burt the tester told me. Then the second time I lost because I got so exited I fell off the chair before I finished. But after that I beat him 8 more times. I must be getting smart to beat a smart mouse like Algernon.But I dont feel smarter.”

The last passage makes it clear that the character is getting smarter, because he used to not be able to beat Algernon at the maze. It also supports my thesis by showing the making of the character, revealing him getting slowly smarter. The theme of the story is revealed as Charlie understands people and situations better. As he gets smarter, his life becomes more complicated, because what you don’t know, doesn’t hurt you.

Anai Says: Daniel Keyes Uses Characterization To Develop Mood.

February 3, 2014

Well I was reading Flowers For Algernon by; Daniel Keyes, I started wondering why Charlie Gordon would want to change? Then I started to think of all the the things that would make him want to change, and why Daniel would want the main character to change, and there’s a lot of possibilities Daniel might want to show Characterization through most of the story.

“ Frank said “I ain’t laughed so much since we sent him off for the newspaper that night at Muggy’s and ditched him…”

I really had to think about why his supposed ‘friends’ would do that to him and why Daniel Keyes would make them do that to him.

As I read, I am kind of feel pity for Charlie, because all his friends and random strangers make fun of him, constantly. And maybe thats where he wants to change, than I can get part of why he wants to change, but that’s still no reason to change yourself to please other people, you made how you were for a reason, not to change yourself. That brings out the Mood and makes you sort of sorry for him.

“ I had a test today, I think I faled it.”

as you think of this quote by Daniel, you feel some kind of pity for him, and makes you get upset as a reader with

why he thinks down on himself so much, and don’t believe in himself.

The story itself is a very upsetting story, but you have to re-read the story to really catch the message Daniel is trying to make, and well you’re reading you have an upsetting mood well reading, or you feel pity for Charlie Gordon.

“ When I told him I don’t know how to think he said try. All the time the bandijis were on my eyes I tryed to think. Nothing happened.”

As a reader, I have lots of feelings about this story, I got mad at some points, I was sad at some, but I really connected with the story because my nephew is like Charlie, and I would be really mad if he thought he had to change just to please certain people, or make people like him, but you start thinking about why they they would think it’s the new thing to be like everyone else? They just have to realize they were made that way for a reason, not to change themselves to be accepted by society, or to be judged by people.

Anthony Says: Daniel Keyes uses foreshadowing to reveal mood

February 3, 2014

So as I was reading and after reading the story Flowers For Algernon I concluded the story with having the thesis “Daniel Keyes uses foreshadowing to reveal mood” as there was a lot of foreshadowing that Daniel just hands to the reader like on page. 238, it is revealed that Algernon, the rat who received the same operation as Charlie is now experiencing different after effects of the surgery that involve things like less cooperation, his general motivation has decreased, and he is continuously refusing to eat. Everyone then is very upset at what this means for Charlie, including the reader, and this sort of builds up the mood of pity towards Charlie.

“He is less co-operative; he refuses to run the maze any more; general motivation has decreased. And he hasn’t been eating. Everyone is upset about what this may mean.”

And going back towards the beginning of the story, a little after Charlie getting the surgery, when Charlie is beginning to hang out with his friends again, his friends still start to treat him like they used to before the surgery by treating him like trash, and only having him around to make fun of him for the stupid things that he does. The example of this is on page. 230/231 is when Charlie is at a party with his “friends” Frank and Joe. At the party Charlie is trying to dance with a girl that is from where he works whose name is Ellen, and as he is trying to dance he eventually trips because of someone foot sticking out, Charlie is then falls over and everyone starts to laugh at him and then he realizes who his friends really were. “I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. Everyone was looking at me and laughing and I felt naked. I wanted to hide. I ran outside 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.” Now this supports the mood of anger towards Frank and Joe.

“Now I know what it means when they say “to pull a Charlie Gordon.” I’m ashamed.”

This is more of the evidence that further proves my thesis of how Daniel Keyes uses foreshadowing to reveal mood. And the one of the last examples I can give of this is all across the part of the story where it begins to wrap up which is through pages 239 to part of the end which is on page 242 where Charlie begins to become distant from everybody that he knows even his landlord for his apartment. The cause of this is from the inevitable side effects from the surgery that Charlie received. This causes Charlie to become depressed and thinking of suicidal thoughts and this eventually turns into progressively worsening amnesia leading to Charlie forgetting almost everything that he ever learned post surgery, so this supports the mood of sadness for Charlie and feeling bad for him.

“I’ve got to try to hold on to some of it. Some of the things I’ve learned. Oh, God, please don’t take it all away.”

So in this story Daniel Keyes, I think successfully uses the effect of foreshadowing in revealing the mood of how the reader feels about the character and does it constantly throughout the story, but he does it in a good way so he could further emphasize it to make it obvious. But overall I really enjoyed this story, it had a good way of sort of captivating my thesis and would consume an average reader into the perspective and world that Charlie had experienced and an ending that will impact the way you think about Charlie, the main character.