Multiple Themes In Charlie Gordon's Flowers For Algernon

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Sometimes, a specific story can include more than one theme. Take my choice of story for example. My story, “Flowers for Algernon,” has multiple themes that could fit with it. I believe the most appropriate theme for “Flowers for Algernon” is that too much of a good thing can end up being bad.

One reason for my thinking is that sometimes people want something so bad, they’re willing to do anything. The main character/narrator in this story, Charlie Gordon, wants something. He only wants to be smart and to be like other people… normal. “I want to be smart.” (pg. 190) He wants it so bad that he’s willing to take the risk of a surgical operation. This operation (on his brain, I might add) is supposed to get his logical thinking in better condition.

Fortunately, the operation works.
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However, I can see how people might see other themes as the best choice. Other people might choose a theme differently from mine saying that intelligence isn’t everything. I understand that this could be a choice from other people’s perspectives, but it is really about how you view the story, whereas, once Charlie turns to be smart, he finds that his happiness is gone. Once his intelligence flows in, good and bad thoughts stroll in as well. Nevertheless, I still stick with my theme that sometimes too much of a good thing can end up being bad.

Overall, I firmly believe that the best theme for “Flowers for Algernon” is that too much of a good thing can end up being bad. In the end, you can look at it two ways… either Charlie died or he simply moved away. “Goodbye Miss Kinnian and Dr. Strauss and evreybody.” (pg. 215) The point is, his happy-ever-after ending never happened. His brain couldn’t keep the new intelligence in his mind, therefore, it began to wash away. I think that my choice of theme works best with this

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