Flowers for Algernon

Interestingly: this book was only advised to me by the representatives of the stronger sex. At least three of my friends said the following: “How did you not read? Read it fast.” I cried like a girl. ” Then, with whom I started talking about literature, everyone insisted that I read it. In the end, I could not restrain myself and decided to read it. So I have never cried.

The narrated story still responds to my reflections on how I should act in this or that situation. Such doubts and worries have been accompanying me almost every day. The work of Daniel Keith in many ways helps me, and I’m sure that will help out more than once.

The protagonist, Charlie – a retarded 33-year-old man – works in a bakery. He is offered to conduct an experiment, which was previously conducted only on animals. He agrees without hesitation, he has nothing to lose. The purpose of the secret scientific project is to find a way to enhance the human intellect.

It is very difficult for me to find the right words that would not sound offensive or infringe upon the rights of people. Usually I use the adjective “special”. Although, after reading this science-fiction novel, I began to doubt the correctness of its use in the framework of not only intellectual, but also physical development. However, I can not think of a better way to express my thoughts, so I will continue to use the phrase “special people”.

How do we react to the appearance of special people in front of us? We turn our eyes, try to pretend that we do not notice them. They do not have a smile. Not the one that talks about pity and sympathy, as if we want to show a person that we understand it. Only a kind, friendly human smile. Contagious and charging. In interviews and books the expression “We do not need pity” is repeatedly found. Yes, the first thought that appears in my head, how we feel sorry for them. I do not mean that this can not be done, and I am against compassion. Simply all the special people are people, they have a soul, feelings and emotions. They are no worse than us. Often better. They are Personalities.

I sympathize with Charlie’s attitude toward friendship. He puts it above all else. At the bakery every worker tried to give him a chance to do something himself, and Gordon, in turn, highly appreciated it. It is curious how the attitude of colleagues to Charlie varies depending on the level of his intelligence. The truth is horrifying. Indeed, we do not tolerate omnibus on a par with people close to us. With them, or boring, or they humiliate you, or all the time prove their superiority, or constantly talking about themselves. From the very beginning, Charlie Gordon preferred to listen to people, not speak. Perhaps this is due to his inability to utter a completed thought. However, he retains his interest throughout the narrative: Alice Kinian, Dr. Nemour and Strauss, a woman in the park, a neighbor and other people caught in his way.

I noted the special desire of the hero to become better, because at the moment self-development is also my key activity. Observe the development of others is quite interesting. You see how a person tries to reach his truth, learns from his mistakes, decides what position to take in this or that problematic issue; he forms a circle of interests and hobbies; new friends are emerging, the number of useful contacts is growing. It is much better to look at this process from the inside, to watch for yourself.

Diary entries – a form of history was chosen by Daniel Keyes. In my opinion, he has not lost. Interiorization is not always visible in the actions of a person, but in his words – yes. We can open our souls exclusively to the closest, or write them down where no one can read them. The diaries became especially popular in the 18-19 centuries, when aristocrats shared their experiences, ideas and events of the day. I believe that they acted correctly: their thoughts must necessarily be shared. This relieves stress, improves sleep and helps to find the right solution in difficult situations. In addition, diaries significantly increase self-esteem. There is an opportunity years later to objectively look at personal growth, compare views on the world and attitude to certain concepts and phenomena. Gordon has cardinal changes that frighten him. At the same time, thanks to the reports that he filled out almost every day, Charlie managed to understand what happened to him, what is happening and will happen.

I guessed that the finals would be like this, but the hope in my heart was that my thoughts were just thoughts. In fact, I cried. Charlie Gordon became close and real to so many that from time to time I felt that I was reading the records of a real person. Kizu manages to incredibly subtly convey the feelings and physical condition of the hero, forcing the reader to personally experience what is happening in science fiction. Frankly, everything is so real that the language does not turn to call “Flowers for Algernon” fiction. Rather, I will take it to a psychological drama. But nevertheless, no matter what genre we take this work, it will again and again inspire and give new fruits for reflection.

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