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"Flowers For Algernon" Character Analysis On Alice Kinnian. It Touches On How She Cares For Charlie And How She Helped Him Emotionally

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It takes a special kind of person to be a special education teacher. They have to be caring, patient, and understanding. People who take up this responsibility by helping these kind of people show that there are still good and selfless people out there in the world. The character Alice Kinnian in "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes is one of these people. She not only cares for Charlie and sees him as a person before the operation but continues on loving him even after he is way above her intellectual level. Through her caring and selflessness, Charlie is shown not only a new world of knowledge after the operation but also of emotion.Before the operation, Ms. Kinnian taught Charlie in ...view middle of the document...

He writes in his progress report, "Why haven't I ever noticed how beautiful Alice Kinnian is? She has pigeon-soft brown eyes and feathery brown hair down to the hollow of her neck. When she smiles, her full lips look as if she's pouting." (Keyes, 76) This is where it all starts, this wave of emotion has come over him and he doesn't know what to do with it. He was in the movie theater and all he could think about was her. "I didn't see much of the first picture because I was too conscious of her sitting next to me. Twice her bare arm touched mine on the armrest, and both times the fear that she would become annoyed made me pull back." (Keyes, 76) Charlie has never been conscious of touching Alice before. Back when she taught them in night school she probably touched him a lot like helping him write letters. Charlie is obviously maturing emotionally and he wouldn't have been able to without Alice.When they go to the concert, Charlie doesn't know how to act in front of Alice. When she lies down to listen to music, he is confused and doesn't know what to do because he hasn't felt these emotions before. "I had no way of knowing what she expected of me. This was far from the clear lines of problem-solving and the systematic acquisition of knowledge." (Keyes, 98) He knows his problems can't be solved through books or papers but he must experience trial and error in order to get things right. Through this experience, he finds out how good life is with love and emotion and not just intelligence. He would have never been able to see this if it wasn't for Alice.In the middle of the book Alice gets frustrated with Charlie's intelligence level and tells him, "I'll be here when you get back. I'm just upset, that's all, and I want both of us to have a chance to think this out while we're a good distance apart." (Keyes, 122) She obviously has been overwhelmed by his intellectual growth and doesn't know what happened to the old Charlie who she used to admire because of his openness and enthusiasm which has turned to aggression. Charlie sees that she needs a break and probably himself too. He experiences the feelings of frustration and sadness. It seems as his intelligence gets higher, his love for Alice goes down.When Alice and Charlie get back...

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