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The most obvious contrast between Flowers for Algernon and other short stories such as A P and Miss Brill is the length But length is not the topic for this short essay The predominant difference besides length is the number of fully realized characters in the story In A P and Miss Brill the only fully developed characters are Sammy in A P and Miss Brill in Miss Brill In the short story A P by John Updike there is a character Sammy who is shown experiencing about 15 minutes maybe less of life in a market Besides Sammy the rest of the people in the story are basically cardboard characters that create conflict for Sammy The reader never really gets to know the store manager or the girls because they are all looked at through the eyes of Sammy In a longer story other characters might have been fleshed out and given more complex and real personalities instead of acting as catalysts for the plot In the short story Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield there is a character Miss Brill who is a completely developed character The other characters in the storythe people in the park and the two teenagers on the bench next to heronly help to develop Miss Brill further The reader never knows any of the supporting characters if they can even be called supporting Just as in A P they are nothing more than catalysts In the long short story Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes Charlie Gordon is indeed the main character In this story however he is not the only character The other characters in the story are not just things to move the plot along and develop Charlie as a character but are full characters themselves Alice Charlies love interest cares for Charlie even before the operation She is conflicted in the way that she wants Charlie to be smarter but is
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