Flowers for Algernon Paper Recreation for Special Populations East Tennessee State University Flowers for Algernon is a short story that has many themes within it. This paper will focus on the theme of the mistreatment of disabled people. The bullying is practiced purposely and accidentally. However, society mistreats anyone who is different.
Daniel Keyes’ short story “Flowers for Algernon” published 1959, explores the struggles of an intellectually disabled man as he tries to establish his identity in a world that values intelligence. Keyes employs the use of diary entries and first-person narrative to enable us, the responders, to empathise with this character who suffers.