History YMMV / FlowersForAlgernon

1st Nov '17 2:30:11 PM Motherdragon64
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* IAmNotShazam: The guy writing the story who's getting the surgery is named Charlie.

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* IAmNotShazam: The guy writing the story who's getting the surgery is named Charlie.Charlie, not Algernon.
5th Oct '17 5:30:43 PM Maniacaldude
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* NightmareFuel: In the 1968 movie adaptation, Charlie's mental breakdown which involves him running from his older self. The music and the creepy smile of the other Charlie are unsettling enough, but then Charlie gets trapped in a maze and at one point, he's struggling to escape down a long hallway while the other Charlie slowly approaches him. That whole scene is genuinely terrifying.

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* NightmareFuel: In the 1968 movie adaptation, Charlie's mental breakdown which involves him running from his older self. The music and the creepy smile of the other Charlie are unsettling enough, but then Charlie gets trapped in a maze and at one point, he's struggling to escape down a long hallway while the other Charlie slowly approaches him. That whole scene (starting from [[https://youtu.be/TqI9-6ZGYjk?t=2m35s 2:35 and going to 6:00]]) is genuinely terrifying.beyond creepy.
22nd Apr '17 7:06:04 AM TristanJeremiah
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* EverybodyRemembersTheStripper: You might think that more modern challenges to the book would involve the constant use of the word "retard" [[note]]today, really uncomfortable, but in the 50s, that was the term used[[/note]] or some of the unintended implications about disabled people [[note]]the story unintentionally implies that teasing and being incapable of realizing it is a natural part of being mentally disabled - totally mainstream thought in 1958, but questionable today, to say the least[[/note]]. But even in TheNewTens, the biggest, practically only, reason the book is challenged for removal from school libraries and elsewhere? Its (utterly mild) sexual content.

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* EverybodyRemembersTheStripper: You might think that [[SocietyMarchesOn more modern challenges challenges]] to the book would involve the constant use of the word "retard" [[note]]today, really uncomfortable, but in the 50s, that was the term used[[/note]] or some of the unintended implications about disabled people [[note]]the story unintentionally implies that teasing and being incapable of realizing it is a natural part of being mentally disabled - totally mainstream thought in 1958, but questionable today, to say the least[[/note]]. But even in TheNewTens, the biggest, practically only, reason the book is challenged for removal from school libraries and elsewhere? Its (utterly mild) sexual content.
17th Mar '17 1:35:15 AM SunriseWarrior
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* ShootTheShaggyDog
5th Jan '17 12:15:53 PM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight: Poor Charlie. Upon seeing his sister in the bathtub as a child, was struck by her (seeming) lack of genitalia. Not only did he come to the conclusion that their parents [[{{GroinAttack}} removed it to punish her]], but his mother caught him and...[[BrotherSisterIncest jumped to the wrong conclusion.]] This earned him a traumatic experience with a knife and a deep-seated fear that he'd be castrated one day as well. Anytime he tries to have sex, bam! Traumatic memories.
29th Dec '16 7:43:29 AM JustTroper
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* Glurge: See FamilyUnfriendlyAesop

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* Glurge: {{Glurge}}: See FamilyUnfriendlyAesop
15th Oct '16 4:31:28 PM RADIX
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: If you were born retarded, there is nothing you can do to change it. Neither your own efforts nor advanced medical technologies will help you. Sadly this was essentially the mindset during the time period.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: If you were born retarded, mentally-handicapped, there is nothing you can do to change it. Neither your own efforts nor advanced medical technologies will help you. Sadly this was essentially the mindset during the time period.



* ItWasHisSled / AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: One of the few things people who haven't read the book know about it is that Charlie is a retarded man who becomes intelligent [[spoiler:and reverted back to how he was beforehand.]] The fact that [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome there's a trope]] on ThisVeryWiki named after the story [[NiceJobBreakingItHero probably isn't helping.]]

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* ItWasHisSled / AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: One of the few things people who haven't read the book know about it is that Charlie is a retarded mentally-handicapped man who becomes intelligent [[spoiler:and reverted back to how he was beforehand.]] The fact that [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome there's a trope]] on ThisVeryWiki named after the story [[NiceJobBreakingItHero probably isn't helping.]]
13th Oct '16 5:32:18 PM lledsmar
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* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Charlie (pre and post surgery)
9th Aug '16 1:15:51 PM MewLettuceRush
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: If you were born retarded, there is nothing you can do to change it. Neither your own efforts nor advanced medical technologies will help you.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: If you were born retarded, there is nothing you can do to change it. Neither your own efforts nor advanced medical technologies will help you. Sadly this was essentially the mindset during the time period.
9th Aug '16 1:14:44 PM MewLettuceRush
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The book is very clear that the treatment of the mentally disabled by abled people is horrific. Things actually have improved in the treatment of the developmentally disabled since then - and probably at least partially as a result - In the 1950's it was very common for families to send away these folks. Nowadays its more acceptable to have a special needs child.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The book is very clear that the treatment of the mentally disabled by abled people is horrific. Things actually have improved in the treatment of the developmentally disabled since then - and probably at least partially as a result - In the 1950's it was very common for families to send away these folks.folks and they were often encouraged to do so. Nowadays its more acceptable to have a special needs child.
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