Charlie Gordon’s younger sister. Norma, it’s implied, is an intelligent, hardworking woman, who always resented Charlie for getting more attention and love than she did. In spite of her rocky relationship with Charlie, Norma seems eager to reunite with Charlie when he visits her—newly brilliant—in Brooklyn. In spite of her resentment, she always loved Charlie.
The timeline below shows where the character Norma Gordon appears in Flowers for Algernon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...remembers his Uncle Herman, a house painter. He also remembers his parents slapping his sister Norma for calling him “the artist of the family.” Charlie (still unaware that Norma was being... (full context)
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...morning, Charlie remembers his dream. He also remembers being six years old, before his sister, Norma, was born. Charlie’s mother, whose name is Rose, insists that Charlie was normal, though Charlie’s... (full context)
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...association, and discovers a memory he didn’t know he had. In the memory, Charlie finds Norma’s underwear stained with blood, and his parents spank him for “being bad.” In the present,... (full context)
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...send Charlie away, since she believes that Charlie’s presence is having a bad effect on Norma’s development. Matt accuses Rose of trying to “cut her losses” with Charlie, now that she... (full context)
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