Flowers for Algernon - Progress Report 5 Summary & Analysis

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Progress Report 5 Summary

On the same day, Charlie writes that they found his sister Norma living with their mother in Brooklyn and got permission to use Charlie in the experiment. However, Charlie overhears Dr. Strauss and Burt Selden arguing with Professor Nemur, who doesn't want to use him. Dr. Strauss and Burt say that Charlie has tremendous motivation, while most people of his intelligence are hostile or apathetic. Charlie does not know what "motivation" means, but it makes him feel good that he has something and that it's high. They say Algernon has it, too.

However, Dr. Strauss is worried that Charlie's IQ will rise too high from what it is now, 68, and that it will make him sick. Dr. Strauss says he knows Charlie is not what Professor Nemur had in mind, but he is good-natured and eager to please. Charlie will be the first...

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