The mentally retarded Viktor Delmer works as a toilet cleaner but does his best to learn reading and writing properly, even though his IQ does not exceed 58. His strong motivation makes a young female teacher recommend him to a physician who is looking for an appropriate object for his experimental brain surgery. The previous experiment, carried out on a white mouse called Algernon, turned out well. The mouse is increasingly able to run through a test labyrinth. Viktor, on the contrary, struggles with the test, passing through the same labyrinth with a pencil on paper. He is very good-hearted and does not realize that his colleagues laugh at him; he only patiently sweeps the floor which they intentionally trample with dirt. They moreover misuse Victor as a clown to entertain their escorts in a pub and they even let him pay a fine for them. The feeble-minded man does everything gladly because he considers them his friends. He then undergoes the surgery and begins to read and study hastily. He declares his love to the teacher who, however, was kind to the child in him but is scared of the adult man. Viktor eventually wins in the test over the mouse Algernon. He has a special relationship with the animal: it is his colleague in the experiment after all. Viktor becomes more and more educated but he shocks all the people around him because he is not the simpleton any more. But then, Algernon’s health quickly withers and the animal eventually dies. Viktor, too, feels like losing the swiftly acquired intelligence. Quickly running out of his powers, he can only leave a message asking that flowers be put on Algernon’s grave.
Daniel Keyes (Růže pro Algernon /Flowers for Algernon/ – povídka)
PhDr. Marie Procházková, CSc., Ing. Želimír Procházka
Růže pro Algernon
Růže pro Algernon
Flowers for Algernon
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