What are some symbols that could represent Charlie in Flowers for Algernon?I am trying to find a symbol or an animal that would represent Charlie. I am thinking about a "Lone Wolf" because lone...

What are some symbols that could represent Charlie in Flowers for Algernon?

I am trying to find a symbol or an animal that would represent Charlie. I am thinking about a "Lone Wolf" because lone wolves are normally kicked out of the pack if they are different.

 

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I believe the book paints a pretty obvious comparison between Charlie and Algernon.  In many ways besides his progress and decline, Charlie is like a mouse.  He is meek and timid - but not necessarily untrainable and certainly not stupid.  He is treated as someone very small and unimportant - he is hardly noticed (like a mouse) until he becomes a nuissance or makes positive progress.  He works throughout the book for positive reinforcement - like the cheese Algernon works for, sometimes it seems Charlie's incentive is as worthless as cheese - praise and acceptance from coworkers and doctors who do not even see him as human and attention from Miss Kinnian who can really only love him as much as one might love a pet... mouse.

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