Flowers for Algernon - Progress Report 1 Summary & Analysis

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Progress Report 1 Summary

Charlie Gordon begins his journal on March 3 at the request of Dr. Strauss, who is evaluating him for an experiment. Charlie is thirty-two years old, works for Donner's Bakery, and attends the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults three days a week. Miss Kinnian, Charlie's teacher, says Dr. Strauss might be able to make him smart. In the journal, Charlie is supposed to write down everything he thinks and remembers about what happens from now on.

Progress Report 1 Analysis

Flowers for Algernon is about a man with an I.Q. of 68 who becomes a genius because of a scientific experiment. The story is told through a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the main character and first-person narrator. The progress reports detail Charlie's experiences—both external and internal—as his I.Q. increases and finally deteriorates again after experimental surgery. The use of...

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