Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes - by Rex Berger - IssuuDisability in Science Fiction pp Cite as. The technological device that drives Flowers complicates this convention in several significant ways. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF. Skip to main content.
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Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon is the title of a science fiction short story and a novel by American writer Daniel Keyes. Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence. The story is told by a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the first human subject for the surgery, and it touches on ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled. Although the book has often been challenged for removal from libraries in the United States and Canada, sometimes successfully, it is frequently taught in schools around the world and has been adapted many times for television, theatre, radio and as the Academy Award -winning film Charly. Keyes felt that his education was driving a wedge between him and his parents, and this led him to wonder what would happen if it were possible to increase a person's intelligence. A pivotal moment occurred in while Keyes was teaching English to students with special needs ; one of them asked him if it would be possible to be put into an ordinary class mainstreamed if he worked hard and became smart. Keyes said that "When he came back to school, he had lost it all.
Charlie visits the Warren Home. Charlie is particularly distressed by an encounter with a friendly deaf-mute boy. Charlie has difficulty mustering kindness in a moment when the boy seems to seek his approval. Charlie makes love to Fay, thinking all along about Alice. He immerses himself increasingly in his work, often sleeping at the lab. Fay moves on to another boyfriend, but Charlie cannot be distracted, and he is exhilarated by the intensity of his own concentration. Charlie attends a party in honor of the Welberg Foundation.