Discussion of Flowers for Algernon

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Re: Discussion of Flowers for Algernon

Post by mauriziopietrantuono » 31 May 2016, 03:36

Ohhhh sweetest and saddest thing ever!

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Post by mariahcpeck » 22 Aug 2018, 19:45

I was originally intrigued to read this book because I wanted to reread books I didn't have the time to appreciate when I read them in school, and I remember reading parts from this book in middle school. I was not expecting to be so captivated by this book but I was immediately enthralled in the story and the life of Charly. I was absolutely blown away by the first-person narrative that evolves into so many meaningful layers when the reader is challenged to explore the two versions of Charly and the implications of newly-discovered parts of oneself as a function of newly-acquired knowledge. The applications of this book range from self-exploration of the neurotypical mind to the acceptance and humility for individuals with all kinds of physical, intellectual, and emotional impairments or disabilities. I agree that this book can even speak to people's frustration with their memory or physical ability as they age. I think the narration of Charly's decline provides a tangible exploration of how others may feel dehumanized and disrespected when experiencing a similar decline.

As someone who works very closely with individuals with autism, I felt pulled toward the narratives that seemed to speak the words with which my clients may someday identify. The reader gains an entire appreciation of the way the narrator reveals himself to be fully human both before and after the changes he undergoes. The reader can recognize that all individuals experiencing similar disadvantages are still harshly judged in society. This book is an excellent example of the way empathy can be considered an acquired human skill through reading fiction.

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Post by ems2 » 19 Sep 2018, 16:48

My mother has Alzheimer's and I see a very close connection to the way Charly
and my mother minds are divesting themselves of memory and meaning. I think it must be horrendous to know when you start to not remember, and you are losing more and more every day.

I do think you are right that it depicts everyman only in a much shorter span of time.

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