Homework Help

Can someone compare and contrast Dr. Nemur and Dr. Strauss in Flowers for Algernon?

user profile pic

skandal | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 14, 2010 at 12:06 AM via web

dislike 3 like

Can someone compare and contrast Dr. Nemur and Dr. Strauss in Flowers for Algernon?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 14, 2010 at 4:44 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 5 like

Nemur is a psychologist who develops the idea of raising a person's intelligence through surgery. Although he's intelligent, his ambitions to be recognized for his work get in the way of his humanity. The other scientists want to keep the experiment a secret, but Nemur can't wait to make it public and claim himself as the discoverer of the process of raising Charlie's intelligence. When Charlie becomes smarter than Nemur, he resents Charlie because of it and accuses Charlie of being egotistical and selfish. This is ironic since Nemur is the one who displays these characteristics. Nemur doesn't care about Charlie, only about his reputation and fame.

Dr. Strauss is a caring man who performs the surgery on Charlie. He remains concerned about Charlie throughout the experiment, even taking care of Charlie when he is no longer intelligent.

 

 

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes