Flowers For Algernon: Summary: Progress Report 1

Progress Report 1Flowers 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 Charlies life. Instead of being arranged in traditional chapters, the novel is divided into a series of Progress Reports, each told from Charlies point of view. As the experiment unfolds, the Progress Reports become longer and more sophisticated, illustrating Charlies 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: Charlies 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 novels 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 subjects 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 Charlies 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 isnt very smart. The entrys brevity suggests that his attention span is limited.