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Flowers for Algernon

Despite belief, there are many people with impairments who have gone on to live successful lives
and be positive influences on younger children and adults not just those with a disability!
Throughout the play Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, it shows the life of a person with a
disability or impairment through the eyes of Charlie Gordan, an intellectually impaired citizen with
a low IQ. He volunteers for an operation to make him smart. Daniel Keyes makes the reader
understand how hard it can be for someone with an impairment and encourages society to be
more patient and try to understand what it can be like.
Daniel Keyes shows us just how impatient and rude people can be towards people with an
impairment, and encourages the reader to like Charlie because of who he is.
The author also shows the reader through the book how impatient and rude people can be
towards people with and impairment. Its clear in the novel that many people can be rude to
people with an impairment without them noticing. Golly, I reely done a Charlie Gordan that time.
(Keyes, 1993, p45)
The author of the novel does an exceptional job at portraying Charlie and how people act towards
him, although there are also those people who are nice like Miss Kinian. Frank and Joe are the
main bullies in the book and mistreat Charlie, although Charlie does not know this and they think
it is funny. The author also encourages us to like Charlie Gordan for who he is.
Charlie Gordan is the main character of the novel Flowers for Algernon, and has an impairment
and a low IQ. The author lets the reader know this although wrote the novel to make the audience
still like him, not because the reader is sorry but because of him as a person. Charlie shows the
reader that people dont have to be brilliant to be happy. Im Charlie. (p2). In this part of the book
Charlie Is meeting Dr Strauss for the first tie, Charlie is
extremely happy even though he knows he is not smart.
Although the reader can only read the text, they feel that they are there witnessing
conversation or part of the novel.

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The novel Flowers for Algernon portrays a positive message about disability. The
novel also shows us how impatient and rude people can be towards people with an
impairment, and encourages the reader to like Charlie because of who he is.
The author has included how people can be rude and impatient towards people with
impairment. The author also encouraged the reader to like Charlie,
because we feel sorry but because of him as a person.
Daniel Keyes hopes that people will treat other people with the
respect they deserve, even if they have an impairment.

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