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“Flower’s for Algernon’s” Narrative Power

Published January 10, 2013 by flyingren

Flower For Algernon’s Narrative Power


The author’s remarkable use of first person narrative is perhaps the most important source of “Flower’s for Algernon’s” narrative power. The story takes you through the main character Charlie’s journey from an IQ of 68 to almost three times as high, and fall back to his subnormal intelligence. Everything is told in the form of “Progress Reports” written by Charlie for a group of scientists working to raise his IQ. Reading the story from Charlie’s point of view help the readers to understand the story and get to know Charlie very well. “Flowers for Algernon” wouldn’t have been a great short story if it wasn’t written in first person.


Reading a story that uses third person narrative makes it hard to understand a character, especially if he or she is mentally challenged like Charlie. It’s not easy for a normal person to know what’s really going on inside a mentally disabled man’s head. A perfect example is when Charlie took the inkblot test, the scientist were trying to figure out what Charlie was thinking. Although it might be hard for them to understand, the readers get to know exactly what he’s thinking because it’s from he’s point of view. Through his eyes, the readers understands his struggles and the way Charlie explains everything makes the story come alive.


Charlie’s way of explaining the story made it feel realistic. It’s exciting, funny, and emotional at times, something that wouldn’t be the same if it was written in third person. When he was going back to being subnormal, the readers can really feel how emotional it was for him. If it was written by someone else, it would be just normal because to them it’s just an experiment but through Charlie it’s easy to understand how emotional it was.


“Flower’s for Algernon” is a great story, partly because it was written in first person as this unique and different man. Most people don’t know what it’s like being mentally challenged, but “Flowers for Algernon” takes the readers there and shows them that it’s not easy being like Charlie. This story shows that the written perspective of a story is very important, and first person narrative can bring stories to life.

" An amazing short story that changed my way of looking at disabled people."

” An amazing short story that changed my way of looking at disabled people.”


The anti-war message behind War of the Worlds

Published May 29, 2012 by flyingren

A Martian with many tentacles like an octopus.

In the introduction of War of the Worlds, written by H.G. Wells in 1898, the author describes how the British military was invading other countries at the time. The British people thought of themselves as a powerful and strong country that could control weaker nations. H.G. Wells wrote this story for British audiences to put them in the shoes of the poor and innocent people who are being invaded by British armies. He wanted the British to stop invading other countries so he wrote a book that shows the fear, pain, and helplessness of those who are defeated in wars. To do this, H.G. Wells describes the sadness and pain of losing loved ones, the experience of being abused by a stronger force, and the feeling of total powerlessness in the face of a ruthless enemy.

H.G. Wells did a great job in illustrating the panic and pain of losing loved ones by having the soulless Martians attack the British. For instance, Wells describes the separation of the narrator and his wife. Throughout the story, the narrator tries desperately to survive and to find his wife. Meanwhile, he comes across countless dead bodies and faces of people he once knew. Many scenes in the story take place in London, where Martians have destroyed parts of the city. People are running away, hiding, and trying to protect their loved ones. H.G. Wells decided to set his story in London because he wanted his British readers to imagine what it would be like to have their home invaded and destroyed by a much stronger and smarter enemy. He gets his British audience to see war from a different point of view, where they are the innocent people trying to survive and to protect their loved ones.

To show what it is like to be invaded by a much stronger enemy, H.G. Wells creates a Martian army with a superior technology, strength, and size compared to the British. He describes the Martians as creatures with a large head that stands on tentacles without a body. They build large machines that can kill countless humans in seconds with their heat rays. The Martians rely on this advanced technology to kill humans and to take the resources from the planet. This is similar to how the British once relied on guns to invade weaker countries and to take away their natural resources. H.G. Wells uses these examples to convey the injustice of war when one side has an unfair advantage.

The Martians have no relationship to the British families so they show no mercy in killing them. The Martians had a plan and they never tried to communicate with humans. Right after they landed in a rural part of England, they started building their machines night and day. They immediately took over the land and killed anyone who came near them. The Martians treated the humans as if they were small and powerless bugs. The humans brought in their armies and weapons, but the Martians used their heat rays to destroy them in minutes. The humans were totally helpless and began running away. Since the British thought of themselves as a strong nation with advanced technology, H.G. Wells shows how they may not always be the most powerful military. The story shows that the British should not be too arrogant and abuse their power.

Therefore, H.G. Wells wrote this book to show how war is not a good thing. He tries to get the British to stop viewing foreign people as powerless animals that can be killed. The central theme is that people should not be too arrogant because there will always be someone smarter and more powerful. The story tells people to be more humble. In the beginning of the book, humans thought the Martians were not intelligent but instead they were far superior. This led to the death of many people in the book. H.G. Wells wanted his British audience to see what it is like to be invaded, because the British were invading many other countries at the time.


Tripod machines bult by the Martians, taking over London.



Is the Hunger Games movie as good as the book?

Published May 15, 2012 by flyingren

The Hunger Games is a trilogy of young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, published in 2008. The book is about an annual event called the Hunger Games where young people between the ages of 12 to 18 are selected to fight to death on T.V. The story takes place in the future where North America has been destroyed and a new country called Panem has risen. The country is made out of twelve districts and a capitol city. The games take place in a huge man made arena designed to look like a wild environment that changes each year. The main character is Katniss Everdeen, a young and independent girl from district twelve who volunteered to take her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games.

Recently, the Hunger Games movie came out and drew in record setting profits. Teenagers came to see the movie for many reasons. They loved the books so much that they had to see the movie. The story is very unique because it is a post- apocalyptic action romance with a strong and fierce female star.

Many people are already complaining that the movie is just another Twilight or Harry Potter movie. All these movies are simplified versions of well written books. People say that the movie left out many important details from the Hunger Games book.

For example, the romance in the book is a lot more exciting. In the book the readers don’t know that Katniss was pretending to be in love with Peeta until the games are over, which is a surprise ending. In the movie, it seemed like she was only trying to act in love with him so that both of them could survive. She wanted to return the favor of Peeta saving her life before.

In the movie, we also see the story from many people’s points of view, including the Game Maker who controls the game. Meanwhile in the book, we can only see from Katniss’ point of view, which makes the story much more intense and scary. Since we know what the Game Makers were going to do in the movie, it takes away the suspense in the story.