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Progress Report 1

Flowers for Algernon tells the story of Charlie Gordon, a mentally challenged young man who undergoes a medical experiment designed to improve his intelligence.� The experiment radically alters his intelligence, tripling his IQ, and the novel explores the impact this has on Charlie's life.� Instead of being arranged in traditional chapters, the novel is divided into a series of Progress Reports, each told from Charlie's point of view.� As the experiment unfolds, the Progress Reports become longer and more sophisticated, illustrating Charlie's blossoming mental aptitude and his ever-increasing struggles with the world and himself.� The story covers nine months and can be divided into three distinct sections: Charlie's mental state before the operation, his meteoric rise in intelligence after the operation, and his rapid descent back to a low intellectual level.�

 

Progress Report 1

The first progress report introduces the novel's main character, Charlie Gordon.� Thirty-two-year-old Charlie is a mentally challenged bakery worker who attends remedial reading and writing night classes at Beekman School for Retarded Adults, part of Beekman University.� Charlie wants to take part in an experiment designed to enhance the subject's intelligence.� As part of the selection process for the experiment, Charlie is told to keep a journal of his thoughts, and this is his first entry.�

 

Analysis

The writing in the opening report reveals Charlie's low level of intelligence.� The poor quality of the writing along with the poor development of ideas and lack of sophistication, all reveal that Charlie isn't very smart.� The entry's brevity suggests that his attention span is limited.

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