Flowers For Algernon
Alice Walker
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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; he also recounts how Dr. Strauss and Professor Nemur argued over his taking part in the experiment. Strauss contends that Charlie is the best candidate because he has a strong motivation to learn, while Nemur asserts that Charlie’s extremely low IQ may make adjustment to a higher mental ability difficult for him.


This report foreshadows the difficulties Charlie will have as the experiment progresses. It also suggests that the two scientists have a different view of their subject: Charlie Gordon.

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