Flowers for Algernon

A surgeon and therapist who works closely with Charlie Gordon during his transformation from mental disability to genius. In many ways, Strauss is a slightly friendlier version of Nemur: like Nemur, he’s ambitious, conceited, and jealous, but he seems to have more self-awareness and humility than Nemur. Strauss conducts therapy sessions with Charlie Gordon, during which he helps Charlie identify the subconscious sources of his anxiety and insecurity.

Doctor Strauss Quotes in Flowers for Algernon

The Flowers for Algernon quotes below are all either spoken by Doctor Strauss or refer to Doctor Strauss. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harcourt edition of Flowers for Algernon published in 1994.
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Dr Strauss said I had something that was very good. He said I had a good motor-vation. I never even knowed I had that. I felt good when he said not everbody with an eye-Q of 68 had that thing like I had it. I dont know what it is or where I got it but he said Algernon had it too.

Related Characters: Charlie Gordon (speaker), Algernon, Doctor Strauss
Page Number: 9
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I told him one of the things that bothers me is about women. Like dancing with that girl Ellen got me all excited. So we talked about it and I got a funny feeling while I was talking, cold and sweaty, and a buzzing inside my head and I thought I was going to throw up. Maybe because I always thought it was dirty and bad to talk about that. But Dr Strauss said what happened to me after the party was a wet dream, and it's a natural thing that happens to boys. So even if I'm getting intelligent and learning a lot of new things, he thinks I'm still a boy about women. It's confusing, but I'm going to find out all about my life.

Related Characters: Charlie Gordon (speaker), Doctor Strauss, Ellen
Page Number: 48
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Doctor Strauss Character Timeline in Flowers for Algernon

The timeline below shows where the character Doctor Strauss appears in Flowers for Algernon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...Charlie Gordon writes in clumsy, badly spelled English. He says that two men named Doctor Strauss and Professor Nemur have told him to write down as much as possible about an... (full context)
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Martch 4. Charlie undergoes a series of psychological tests with Professor Nemur and Doctor Strauss. An assistant, whose first name is Burt (Charlie isn’t good at remembering last names), gives... (full context)
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Martch 5. Charlie goes in for more tests with Doctor Strauss and Professor Nemur. Strauss is interested in using Charlie as a subject, since Charlie has... (full context)
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Charlie notes that because of writing progress reports and going in to see Strauss and Nemur, he’s very tired at work. He drops a tray of rolls, and his... (full context)
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March 5. Charlie goes in for more tests with Nemur and Strauss. He looks at pictures, and tries to explain what’s happening in the pictures. Charlie remembers... (full context)
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March 6. Strauss and Nemur track down Charlie’s sister, Norma, who lived with Charlie’s mother in Brooklyn. Norma... (full context)
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Nemur, Strauss, and Burt Selden meet with Charlie to talk about his upcoming experiment. They say that... (full context)
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...it was “God’s will.” She mentions the story of Adam and Eve, and implies that Strauss and Nemur are “tampering with things.” This makes Charlie frightened, since he doesn’t want to... (full context)
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March 20. Charlie goes back to work at the bakery, although he has instructions from Strauss not to tell anyone about his operation. Charlie has missed the bakery: he likes his... (full context)
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Doctor Strauss tells Charlie that he should continue making notes about his experiences. He adds that it’s... (full context)
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March 24. Charlie is supposed to come to the science lab with Strauss and Nemur to conduct more experiments with Algernon the mouse. Charlie misses a few appointments... (full context)
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...27. Following his experiences with the TV device, Charlie goes to therapy sessions with Doctor Strauss. Charlie sits on a couch and talks about “anything that comes into my head.” On... (full context)
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March 28. Charlie gets headaches. He sleeps better, since Doctor Strauss has showed him how to turn down the volume on the TV device. Charlie isn’t... (full context)
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...makes Charlie sad, since he would never hurt a baby. He decides to tell Doctor Strauss about his memories of Norma. (full context)
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...from under him. Charlie isn’t sure what this memory means, and plans to ask Doctor Strauss about it. (full context)
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April 14. Charlie visits with Doctor Strauss, who encourages him to continue writing down his memories. Charlie also learns that Strauss is... (full context)
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...15. Charlie continues with his education. He starts teaching himself multiple foreign languages, and Doctor Strauss gives him tapes to listen to while he sleeps. He also reads voraciously: The Great... (full context)
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Charlie learns about the concept of IQ from Doctor Strauss and Professor Nemur. Nemur and Strauss bicker about the true meaning of IQ—whether it’s a... (full context)
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After he wakes up from his nightmare, Charlie tries to use a strategy Doctor Strauss has taught him: “free association.” He writes about his nightmare, trying to think of anything... (full context)
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April 24. Charlie convinces Professor Nemur—with Doctor Strauss’s help—that he shouldn’t have to send in everything he writes, since some of it will... (full context)
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Charlie thinks back on his visit with Nemur and Strauss—it was “very upsetting,” he reports. He walks in on an argument between Strauss and Nemur.... (full context)
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Charlie confesses to Alice that he’s frightened. Alice tells Charlie that Strauss and Nemur have been pushing him too quickly: although he’s a genius, he also has... (full context)
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...rat, and Nemur doesn’t like that Charlie isn’t obeying his instructions to write progress reports. Strauss convinces Charlie to write his reports and to write them in plain, simple English. (full context)
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Later on that night, Charlie talks with Strauss, who noticed the way Charlie interrupted Nemur. Strauss explains that Nemur is embarrassed, and doesn’t... (full context)
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...and he’s invested everything in his intelligence research. Nevertheless, Charlie is angry with Nemur and Strauss—he thinks they’re frauds, passing themselves off as geniuses to Charlie, when in reality they’re nothing... (full context)
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...but finds some of the other projects rather trivial. This gives Charlie new respect for Strauss and Nemur: they’ve devoted their careers to something important and uncertain, rather than something “insignificant... (full context)
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July 12. Charlie goes in to visit with Nemur, Strauss, and Burt, since Charlie has told them about Algernon’s deteriorating condition. Nemur and his academic... (full context)
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Charlie drinks more and more, despite the warnings of Doctor Strauss. He tells Strauss, loudly enough for all to hear, that the Raynors are fools who... (full context)
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...begins to shift so that he is speaking like his former, mentally disabled self. Alarmed, Strauss drags Charlie out of the room. (full context)
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...with every ounce of strength he has. He walks out of the bathroom, past Doctor Strauss, and out of the building. It occurs to him that he’s gone from a kind,... (full context)
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...do anything to prevent his mental deterioration. And yet he doesn’t blame anyone—not even Doctor Strauss or Professor Nemur. His only question is: “How much can I hang on to?” (full context)
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October 4. Charlie goes to a therapy session with Doctor Strauss. As he sits on the couch, he realizes that Strauss reminds him of his father... (full context)
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As Charlie sits on the couch, he tells Strauss about his hallucinations—he’s been seeing a version of his childhood self. As Charlie talks, he... (full context)
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Charlie realizes that Doctor Strauss is standing over him, worried. Strauss tells Charlie that he’s been hallucinating for some time... (full context)
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...landlady. She brings him soup and other food. Charlie knows that either Alice or Doctor Strauss has arranged for Mrs. Mooney to take care of him. (full context)
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November 11. Alice and Doctor Strauss visit Charlie, but he refuses to let them into his apartment. Later on, Mrs. Mooney... (full context)
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Charlie says goodbye to Miss Kinnian, Doctor Strauss, and everyone else. He asks Professor Nemur not to be such a grouch, and points... (full context)