"Flowers for Algernon" Character Analysis on Alice Kinnian. It touches on how she cares for Charlie and how she helped him emotionally.

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It takes a special kind of person to be a special education teacher. They have to be caring, patient, and understanding. People who take up this responsibility by helping these kind of people show that there are still good and selfless people out there in the world. The character Alice Kinnian in "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes is one of these people. She not only cares for Charlie and sees him as a person before the operation but continues on loving him even after he is way above her intellectual level. Through her caring and selflessness, Charlie is shown not only a new world of knowledge after the operation but also of emotion.

Before the operation, Ms. Kinnian taught Charlie in night school along with other mentally challenged adults. Alice Kinnian notices and admires Charlie's enthusiasm for learning. Even Charlie noticed; "Burt kept saying Alice Kinnian feels he has an overwhel** desir to lern.

He acktually beggd to be used. And thats true because I wantid to be smart." (Keyes, 10) Since Ms. Kinnian has been there since the beginning she might have the biggest influence on what Charlie does and says. At this stage he is very dependent on her to learn after his operation. She also gives him words of encouragement and praise which makes Charlie attracted to her because he doesn't get that attention from anybody else.

As Charlie progresses through his intelligence, he always sees Ms. Kinnian as a sign of warmth and comfort which attracts him because all he has spent time at is the cold lab which is frustrating and confusing. He can go to Alice for a break and to talk out his problems. Ms. Kinnian is mostly confused throughout this stage of his intelligence because she doesn't know what...