Flowers For Algernon Quotes

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Give it Your All You never know what you have until it is gone. “Flowers for Algernon” is a story about a middle aged man named Charlie. Charlie is living a battle between his level of knowledge and his mental condition. In the story Charlie is offered the chance to have an operation performed on himself. Said operation will triple his I.Q. of 68. Along this journey Charlie meets many new people and makes friends with a mouse named Algernon. Algernon and Charlie are both mentally disabled and get the same operation performed on themselves. Then, things take a drastic turn leaving Charlie mouseless and close to lifeless. The author Daniel Keyes does a fantastic job tying all the parts of this story together and keeping the reader on the edge …show more content…
Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten,” (Lilo and Stitch). Charlie Gordon does not have any family members that keep in touch with him or check up on him, so the next best thing is friends. Charlie did not have many friends before the operation, but he was not fully aware of this because of his mental disability. After the operation he was very close with his doctors, Miss Kinnian and even Algernon. In the time following the operation Charlie had the following thought, “My landlady Mrs. Flynn is very worried about me,” (Keyes, 242). Not only does this quote from the book show how close Charlie has grown to certain people, but also how much people care about him. In fact, this was after the operations effects had already started to wear off. Through the operation, Charlie has made many new friends that he would not have the ability to meet if he had not jumped at the opportunity. After the operation, he stayed in touch with all his new friends until his departure from the town. The whole experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity that Charlie did not let pass him …show more content…
The outcome of the operation was expected, but not so suddenly. For example, “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,” (Keyes, 240). is a quote of one of Charlie’s thoughts. He was forgetting his memory, and he was sad to see it go. Charlie was a little down at this time, but he pressed on and did not give up. Through the whole experience, Charlie had his head held high and a team of scientist, now friends, behind his back supporting him. Although the effects of the operation were short lived, they gave Charlie an open mind and an experience he could never dream of forgetting. Although his knowledge was washing away day by day, it was always there in the back of his

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