Charlie Gordon - The protagonist and author of the progress reports that form the text of Flowers for Algernon.
Charlie is a thirty-two-year-old mentally retarded man who lives in New York City.
Donner gave Herman his word that he would look out for Charlie’s interests.
Donner stands by his pledge faithfully and treats Charlie like family.
Fanny does not like to see the others pick on Charlie because of his disability.
When Charlie becomes a genius, Fanny is glad for him but is highly suspicious and wonders if he has made a deal with the devil. Guarino - A quack doctor to whom Charlie was taken as a child. Guarino promised Rose that he could scientifically increase Charlie’s intelligence, but his methods are a complete sham.
Norma Gordon - Charlie’s younger sister, who grows up to act as caretaker for their mentally unstable mother.
During their childhood, Norma resented Charlie for getting what she perceived as special treatment and was cruel to him.
Burt Selden - A friendly graduate student who is working on his thesis and who assists Strauss and Nemur in conducting the experiment.When she reencounters Charlie as an adult, however, she is glad to see him and regrets her youthful spite.Uncle Herman - Charlie’s uncle, who took care of Charlie after Rose expelled him from her home.When Charlie undergoes an experimental surgery to increase his intelligence, his IQ skyrockets to the level of a genius.His obsession with untangling his own emotional life and his longing to reach an emotional maturity and inner peace to match his intellectual authority inform many of the novel’s primary concerns. Alice Kinnian - Charlie’s teacher at the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults.