|The first edition cover.|
Charlie Gordon, the main character, is so human. And, I think that's part of the point. The book is a great study of our intellectual vs emotional vs social development. Seeing the world through Charlie's eyes as he progresses through life after an intelligence altering surgery highlights the fact that not every aspect of who a person is develops at the same time. As the story moves along, Charlie's development is first evident in his vocabulary and spelling (the book is told from his perspective via a series of reports). As he grows intellectually, he slowly begins to develop emotionally and socially, but none of these three aspects of who he is develop at the same speed. In some ways, he moves from being far behind everyone else to far ahead while in other ways he is always behind. What's even more interesting is that Charlie recognizes this fact. Regardless, he is continually striving to understand himself and those around him.
|The cover of the version I read.|
The movie trailer for "Flowers for Algernon" (the trailer says 2013, but the film was made for tv in 2000), starring Matthew Modine, Kelli Williams, Bonnie Bedelia, Ron Rifkin (there is also a version from 1968):