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In my opinion Flowers for Algernon written by Daniel Keyes is a successful short story because of Keyes superbly formed Characters his brilliant format used and the many different themes he featured throughout the story Flowers for Algernon is a short story about a man of low intelligence Charlie Gordon who is asked to take part in a new breakthrough operation to improve his intellect He hopes that one day he will become happy because he is smarter but instead he becomes more isolated and unhappy than he was to start with The story could have been named Flowers for Charlie because presumably Charlie would have suffered the same fate as Algernon but this would mean I would know what was to happen to Charlie and would take some of the interest out of the text The format in which Keyes wrote this story was very important to its success It was written in diary form with Charlie Gordon being the author of the diary I believe that it was written like this because it is a very personal form of writing it gave me the reader a great view of just how rapid Charlies progress and regression was and it is almost as if I was marking his progress reports the way Dr Strauss and Dr Nemur would have done I think Keyes chose to make Charlie the narrator because he came across as very innocent and it is because of this innocence that I thought I was getting the whole of the story when really Keyes is manipulating me into believing the story just because I believed Charlie eg Some of the story lines are a little ludicrous like the part when Charlie lined up the factory machines a new way saving the factory 10000 pounds a year in labour It is a bit far fetched that no one else in the factory had noticed this before but still I believed it
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