What is the style of the story "Flowers for Algernon"?

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Flowers for Algernon is written in the form of a journal that Charlie, the main character, writes. Charlie is an adult man with mental retardation. Because of his extreme drive to do well, he has learned to read and write. It is also for this reason that he is chosen to undergo an experimental procedure to increase his intelligence. Because the journal is kept before, during, and after the experiment, it reflects Charlie's improvement in all areas of his intellect. It also reflects the problems this causes him socially, as he begins to realize that things he accepted as true were not; for example, people he considered friends used him as the butt of jokes. The journal shows Charlie's pain at these realizations, and at his growing awareness that his intelligence will not last--Algernon, the mouse undergoing the same procedure, deteriorates. The style was very effective for this story, as it showed all of the above, but also...

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