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  1. Five Paragraph Thesis Essay Packet Analyzing “Charlie Gordon’s Good Character”

  2. Excellent Support Point • Charlie is at a bar and a waiter dropped all the plates. Charlie is frustrated that everyone is making fun of the poor waiter. “I jumped up and shouted, ‘Shut up! Leave him alone. It’s not his fault he can’t understand….he’s still human.’” (p. 65) This proves that he has a kind and understanding nature because he was the only one to stand up for the man. He respected the waiter because he was like that once before the operation. Deniz Bulbul

  3. Excellent Support Point • Soon after Charlie’s surgery, he beats Algernon in the race. He feels bad so “I said can I feed him because I felt bad to beat him and I wanted to be nice and make frends” (p. 53). Charlie understands how bad it feels to be beaten and feels bad for Algernon. His understanding nature shows in this event. Anna Kim

  4. Excellent Support Point • Charlie also thinks highly of Miss Kinnian. When he learns that he may not see her, he became upset. He wrote, “The thought of leaving her behind made me sad. I’m in love with Miss Kinnian” (p. 59). The fact that Charlie became sad shows his kind nature. If he did not care so much for Miss Kinnian, he would have been fine with leaving her. ToyinAwotunde

  5. Excellent Support Point • Charlie has had tough times, but he always manages to be nice even when he doesn’t know a person real well, like what happened with Ms. Kinnian. He mentioned, “I like her so maybe we will be friends again” (p. 51). He cares for everyone [though later] he loves Ms. Kinnian. Charlie’s friendly personality gives him high character. Omar Youssef

  6. Interesting Conclusion • Charlie Gordon was always nice when he was retarded but it’s the way he acted when he was smart that showed his true colors. Amanda Wagschal

  7. Interesting Conclusion • Throughout the story, Charlie has shown he still has a kind and understanding nature and cares for others, no matter what his mental state is. Kyle Ryland

  8. Mistakes to Avoid • In the short story “Flowers for Algernon,” you can see that…. • This shows us that Charlie is kind and respectful…

  9. Mistakes to Avoid • In the short story “Flowers for Algernon,” you can see that…. • This shows us that Charlie is kind and respectful… • Keep in in third person (no first person—I, me, we, us nor second person—you, your)

  10. Mistakes to Avoid • This is shown on page 53 after Charlie beats Algernon in the maze.

  11. Mistakes to Avoid • This is shown on page 53 after Charlie beats Algernon in the maze. • NEVER use page numbers as part of the narrative framework. They belong in the citation to the quote only.