Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Flowers for Algernon

Read this part from the short story, "Flowers for Algernon," by Daniel Keyes.  

In this story, Charlie, a man with mental disabilities, is being experimented on by some scientists to see if they can make him smart. At this point in the story, Charlie is telling us about his friends in a journal that he is writing:

"Sometimes somebody will say hey look at Joe or Frank or George he really pulled a Charlie Gordon. I dont know why they say that but they always laff. This morning Amos Borg who is the 4 man at Donnegans used my name when he shouted at Ernie the office boy. Ernie lost a packige. He said Ernie for godsake what are you to be a Charlie Gordon. I dont understand why he said that.
"Their really my friends and they like me."

What is the purpose of the spelling used in this passage?
a. to show how he talks/pronounces words
b. to demonstrate his mental disabilities
c. it is a form of dramatic irony
d. it was originally used as a text for proofreading practice

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b. is correct


  1. Rude and offensive question. B stands for bad question.

    1. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The question nor the story is meant to demean anyone who suffers from mental retardation. The author chooses to tell the story from the protagonist's point of view and the protagonist, because of his condition, does not have the education or ability level to write the King's English. I choose to give the question because it is a good example of author's purpose.