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Scientists are always trying to better mankind The words constantly heard these days are genetic testing cloning DNA and genetic engineering Since this was first published in 1959 different methods were being explored to improve humans The book is entitled Flowers for Algernon it is an exciting science fiction novel written by Daniel Keyes This novel deals with surgical and chemical means to try to increase a retarded mans IQ so that he is no longer mentally deficient The main characters of the story are Charlie who is a mentally retarded person involved in a remarkable experiment which increased his IQ Alice a teacher at the Adult Basic Education Facility at Beekman College who taught Charlie how to read and write the professors who operated on Charlie Fay a character who did not make much of an appearance but in my eyes she played an important part in Charlie trying to sort out his past and figure out his present and future plans and last but not least Algernon The novel is exciting and has an original idea The moods that I felt in the story are ones of sorrow anger and guilt One of the elements of the story that greatly contributes to the mood the reader experiences would be the plot of the story In the story Charlie is the subject of an experiment which increases his intelligence Charlie originally wants the operation to make him intelligent so that he can make friends Unfortunately some of his hopes were not met Charlie is a mentally retarded person who has impressing people and gaining friends as one of his top priorities He then hears of an experiment which could possibly make him smart He makes himself a subject to this human experiment with the hopes of gaining knowledge in a sole purpose of gaining friends As the book progresses Charlie goes through dramatic changes mentally and instead of
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