Flowers for Algernon

February 18th, 2006

The famous short story Flowers for Algernon is about Charlie, discount cialis ambulance a young man with an IQ of 68 who becomes a genius after an experimental operation.

At the height of his powers, site Charlie realizes that the effect is only temporary. And soon his mental state declines again to the level of a child.

In my 20s, I was proud of myself for recognizing that the story is a metaphor for how knowledge drove Adam from Eden.

I was in my late 30s before I realized that Flowers for Algernon is really the story of all of us.

We begin as children…

…achieve the full flowering of our talents as adults…

…and then have it slowly slip away until we’re no more than children again.

You know, I’ve really started to hate that story.

Entry Filed under: Observations,Personal

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. sheldn  |  February 18th, 2006 at 5:27 pm

    Don’t fight it… Use it to excuse your childish and immature behavior. It works for me…

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