In "Flowers for Algernon", As Charlie overhears Prof Nemur and Dr. Strauss arguing, he misses words they say in progress report 4. Could any one figure out what they were?

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thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Charlie is unable to get some of the words during the argument between Dr. Strauss and Dr. Nemur. In the argument, Dr. Nemur is not convinced that Charlie is the best choice for the experiment, and Dr. Strauss tries to convince him otherwise. Dr. Strauss points to Charlie’s characteristics that make him the right candidate. The doctor avers that Charlie is well motivated and managed to receive high recommendations from his teacher at the adult school, Miss Kinnian. Dr. Strauss also adds that people of Charlie’s level of intellect are normally hostile and will not cooperate. Finally, Dr. Nemur is convinced by the reasons stated and agrees to allow Charlie to participate in the experiment, which makes Charlie very happy. The words Charlie misses include the following:

Intelek**- Intellectual


Host**- Hostile

Uncoop**- Uncooperative

Apath**- Apathetic

Acheve**- Achievement

**vity- Relativity

Comparat**- Comparatively

Tremen**- Tremendous

Achev**- Achievement

ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Because of Charlie's Report, we can infer that Nemur and Strauss were arguing over whether or not to go ahead with the operation. Strauss seems to wants to do the operation because it will make scientific history. He thinks Charlie is a perfect subject because he is so motivated to learn. Nemur, on the other hand, is more concerned about the affect the operation will have on Charlie himself. He points out that they have no idea whether the results of the operation will be permanent or even succeed at making Charlie one bit smarter. In fact, the operation could leave Charlie worse. Charlie, of course, is eager to have the operation because he wants to be "smart".

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