Books and Movies Reviews

Flowers for Algernon

Do you remember seeing the mentally handicapped kids walking down the hall at school? What did you do when you saw them? Did you duck in a dark back hallway and try to avoid all contact with them? If you did then you're probably one of Charlie Gordon's "friends". Or so he would think. In the book "Flowers For Algernon" by Dave Keyes Charlie Gordon is a mentally retarded adult. He soon receives an operation that will triple his IQ. Book doesn't sound good? How about the movie " Charly" which tries to follow the same tragic plot line but , like many other book to movie's doesn't quite fulfill the stories potential. The book " Flowers For Algernon" and the movie " Charly" have many differences.
Even though "Flowers For Algernon" and "Charly" are along the same lines three main differences in "Flowers For Algernon" are that one Charlie wants a relationship with Miss Kinnian but does not act upon it aggressively. In the book he says " We ( Charlie and Miss Kinnian) had dinner and a long walk." Also he says " The thought of leaving her behind makes me sad. I'm in love with Miss Kinnian" Also, Charlie keeps a journal. He goes in-depth in his mind and his heart. We can physically see him getting smarter or dumber, because his spelling is so bad. " I dont know why im dumb agen or what I did wrong maybe its because I dint try hard enuff." This is the example of his journals. Finally, Charlie works in a Plastic Box company. " I've quit my job with Dunnegans Plastic Box Company." These are some of the changes in "Flowers For Algernon."
Here are some differences in "Charly". Charlie's tries to get Miss Kinnian in a serious relationship even though she doesn't want one. Then later she does end up wanting one. We see this because in one part he tries to force him…


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