History YMMV / FlowersForAlgernon

20th Jan '16 3:29:32 PM Fourze99
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* IAmNotShazam: The guy writing the story who's getting the surgery is named Charlie.
1st May '15 4:40:26 AM SpaceDrake
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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 sexual content.

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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.
21st Apr '15 4:50:58 PM Aquillion
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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? It dares, it has the temerity, to portray Charlie as ''sexually curious at all'', "intelligent" or otherwise. Sigh.

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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? It dares, it has the temerity, to portray Charlie as ''sexually curious at all'', "intelligent" or otherwise. Sigh.Its sexual content.
20th Feb '15 7:25:46 PM SpaceDrake
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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? It dares, it has the temerity, to portray Charlie as ''sexually curious at all'', "intelligent" or otherwise. Sigh.
3rd Dec '14 6:07:48 PM DoctorDetective
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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 man who becomes intelligent [[spoiler:and reverted back to how he was beforehand.]]

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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 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.]]
27th Oct '14 11:16:12 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.
19th Jun '14 5:45:14 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The book is very clear that the treatment of the mentally disabled by abled people is horrific.

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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.
14th Apr '14 5:04:39 PM despairchihiro
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The book is very clear that the treatment of the mentally disabled was horrific at the time it was written.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The book is very clear that the treatment of the mentally disabled was horrific at the time it was written.by abled people is horrific.
18th Mar '14 7:48:00 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* TearJerker: Big time.
** So many specific moments, but one that stands out is when Charlie, [[spoiler:after having lost his intelligence]], returns to his old class with Alice just like he used to. He can't understand why she becomes so upset to see him there; at that point, to him, it's just part of his routine again.
18th Mar '14 7:46:06 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: When Charlie's journal entry asks that someone else put flowers on Algernon's grave [[spoiler: after he's no longer able to]] -- hence the title.
** When Charlie returns to the bakery [[spoiler: after reverting back to his former self]], the same people who made fun of him and hated him when he got smart stand up for him when a new worker bullies him.
*** In the novel, Charlie still feels bad because the new worker has a wife and child to support, and he thinks that the new worker shouldn't have to get fired just for bullying him.
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