Flowers For Algernon
Alice Walker
Contributed by Jennefer Ruano
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Chapter 1

Flowers for Algernon tells the story of Charlie Gordon, a mentally challenged young man who undergoes a medical experiment designed to improve his ...

Chapter 2

In the second progress report Charlie describes a psychological test (the inkblot or Rorschach test) he has taken at Beekman University, in prepara...

Chapter 3

This report recounts a meeting between Charlie, Dr. Strauss, and Professor Nemur (the experiment’s two lead scientists) at an office in the psych...

Chapter 4

Charlie returns to the university to undergo more psychological tests, the most important of which involves completing a maze. When Charlie can’t...

Chapter 5

Charlie has been accepted for the experiment, and he is excited about the news. Charlie notes that the experiment will involve a surgical procedure...

Chapter 6

Charlie has been accepted for the experiment, and he is excited about the news. Charlie notes that the experiment will involve a surgical procedure...

Chapter 7

This report covers the events leading up to and immediately following the operation. Charlie tells how he was scared, but the operation was perform...

Chapter 8

Progress Report 8, the first substantial entry, is divided into twelve days. In the opening section, Charlie has left the hospital but has not yet ...

Chapter 9

The entries for this report open with April 1st. On this day, a bakery worker who mixes the dough has quit, and Frank and Joe suggest that Charlie ...

Chapter 10

Charlie has made an improvement on the dough mixer at Donner’s bakery that will help to speed up production. He comments that people seem to be f...

Chapter 11

Charlie becomes infatuated with Alice Kinnian. They go on a date to a movie and dinner, and she comments that she is afraid he may be hurt by the e...

Chapter 12

Charlie’s relationship with Nemur has become strained. When Charlie complains to Strauss that the reports are taking too much of his time, Straus...

Chapter 13

Charlie boards a jet to Chicago for the psychology conference. He is no longer typing his reports but dictating them into a recorder and having som...

Chapter 14

Charlie opens this report by referring to his "escape." The media have picked up the story, and Charlie reads a newspaper article in which his sist...

Chapter 15

Charlie returns to the lab. Nemur is cold toward him, and Charlie suspects this is because the Welberg Foundation has granted Charlie approval to w...

Chapter 16

Charlie visits the Warren Home; he’s feeling depressed. Mr. Winslow, the home’s head psychiatrist, shows Charlie around the facility. Charlie i...

Chapter 17

The final progress report opens with Charlie realizing that his mind is changing. He’s very irritable and often fights with his neighbors. He hat...

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