Daniel Keys' Flowers For Algernon Essay

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CHARLY

The book “Flowers For Algernon”, by Daniel Keys was written in 1961. Later, Richard Heynes decided to produce the movie in 1968 properly called “Charly”. There are both similarities and differences between the two. However, the differences play a more crucial role between the two rather then the similarities.

One major difference between the movie and book is the events that took place. One example is when Charly met Fay. This never happened in the movie. But in the movie, when he met her he let all of his inner feeling out into the open and had a great time. In the movie he only went away for awhile and even then he only had what seemed to be a few short flings. With Fay, Charly was able express himself to her. Another event that was changed was the little field trip Charly took to Boston. Charly never went on this trip to Boston in the book. It doesn’t really play an important role in the story but then why did Heynes make such a useless change?

Another major difference between the two is the progress reports Charly wrote daily. In the novel his progress reports were how the reader was able to understand the character of Charly even better then ever. In the movie however, Charly never wrote anything down on paper. Maybe if he had done this in the movie, he wouldn’t have gone so damn crazy near then end of the movie and go out in a calmer way like he did in the book. Instead of being so hostile towards his friends and loved ones, he could have simply expressed himself in words rather then actions. Also, when Charly got his job back at Mr. Donner’s bakery he was never harassed by the new employee. This was when Joe Carp and the other realized that Charly was back to his old self. Joe Carp roughed up the bully and got him fired for his actions directed at Charly.

Another major difference between the book and movie is the traits and actions taken by the characters. One example is Alice Kinnian. In the story, she is depicted as a quiet, non-aggressive person, but in the movie she is very much the opposite in character. For...

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