Ch 1: Flowers for Algernon Literary Context & Analysis

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The ''Flowers for Algernon'' Literary Context & Analysis chapter of this ''Flowers for Algernon'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the setting, themes and summary of this short story. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts related to ''Flowers for Algernon'' analysis.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Flowers for Algernon for a standard Language Arts course. Topics covered include:

  • The person who wrote this story
  • Reasons why this story was banned
  • The setting, summary and themes of Flowers for Algernon
  • Ways to analyze this short story
  • Symbols in Flowers for Algernon
  • The use of foreshadowing in this story
  • The role of conflict
  • Vocabulary used in Flowers for Algernon

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Flowers for Algernon Literary Context & Analysis
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Who Wrote Flowers for Algernon?

1. Who Wrote Flowers for Algernon?

This lesson provides biographical information about Daniel Keyes, the author of Flowers for Algernon. The lesson traces his early life, writing career, the process of writing Flowers for Algernon, and his later life. Keyes lived from 1927-2014.

Why Was Flowers for Algernon Banned?

2. Why Was Flowers for Algernon Banned?

The novel, ''Flowers for Algernon,'' has been banned in various cities and towns throughout the United States. Learn more about the story to understand why the book has been banned, review the synopsis of the story, and consider its risque nature to recognize why some people have challenged the book.

Flowers for Algernon Setting

3. Flowers for Algernon Setting

Explore the setting in ''Flowers for Algernon'' to recognize its importance. Review the character of Charlie Gordon, the period of time covered in the story, and the locations of New York and Chicago to understand more about this story's message.

Flowers for Algernon: Summary & Themes

4. Flowers for Algernon: Summary & Themes

'Flowers for Algernon' tells the story of Charlie Gordon and Algernon the mouse. Explore this work by Daniel Keyes through a background and summary, as well as a discussion of its themes centering on happiness and knowledge.

Flowers for Algernon Analysis

5. Flowers for Algernon Analysis

'Flowers for Algernon' follows the struggle against life's many adversities of a mentally challenged man, Charlie. Analyze the overall plot, the development of Charlie's mind leading to inevitable decline, and the tragic ending to the novel.

Flowers for Algernon Symbols

6. Flowers for Algernon Symbols

In literature, symbols are used to express meaning drawn from messages throughout a story. Discover how symbols appear in Daniel Keyes' novel, Flowers for Algernon, in good luck charms, the maze, the window, through various characters, and the story's arch.

Foreshadowing in Flowers for Algernon

7. Foreshadowing in Flowers for Algernon

Foreshadowing references future events by drawing meaning from repeated hints. See how different events are foreshadowed in 'Flowers for Algernon' leading up to his operation, following his recovery, and through both achievement and decline.

Flowers for Algernon Conflict

8. Flowers for Algernon Conflict

Conflict appears differently between characters and their self, others, and their environment. Examine the conflicts in 'Flowers for Algernon' in Charlie's internal struggles, tension with other characters, and conflicts with society at large.

Flowers for Algernon Climax

9. Flowers for Algernon Climax

Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, was first published as a short story in 1959, and then as a novel in 1966. The story is told as a series of journal entries written by mentally-challenged adult Charlie Gordon. The climax of the story occurs when the intelligence-enhancing surgery for which Charlie volunteered fails, with tragic consequences.

Flowers for Algernon Vocabulary

10. Flowers for Algernon Vocabulary

In Daniel Keyes' 'Flowers for Algernon', a surgical experiment artificially increases Charlie Gordon's intelligence. As he gets smarter, his vocabulary grows larger. In this lesson, we will take a look at some of the words in that increased vocabulary.

Flowers for Algernon Vocabulary Flashcards

Flowers for Algernon Vocabulary Flashcards

This set of flashcards can help you to review the more difficult vocabulary words in Daniel Keyes' 'Flowers for Algernon', a short story and novel about the intellectual journey of its main character, Charlie Gordon.

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