First of all, ever since Charlie was a kid, he has always wanted to fit in and be smart. If you were ever in his position, made fun of and unknowing, you would want to do anything to fit in and be smart. Well, he actually got the chance to do that, to be what he´s always wanted, smart. Yes there was a downside to it like becoming dumb again or realizing he has been getting made fun of
It's a funny thing I never knew that Joe and Frank and the others liked to have me around all the time to make fun of me. Now I know what it means when they say to pull a Charlie Gordon. I'm ashamed.” Charlie finally realizes that the only reason Joe and Frank like to have him around is because they like to laugh at him. “68” Charlie would have never figured that out by himself. The operation boosted his intelligence but it also helped his EQ grow.
This is supported when he says, “I am just as far away from Alice with an I.Q. of 185 as I was when I had an I.Q. of 70.” (Keyes 126) The quote shows Charlie’s high intelligence does not help him get closer to Alice but instead creates a barrier between them. His superior intelligence makes Alice feel bad and makes her self confidence decrease because she does not understand the topics he likes to discuss. After their conversations, she feels the need to convince herself she is not getting dumber or going senile and that it was actually Charlie’s intelligence increasing.
When Charlie meets up with the one and only person who didn’t sign the petition to fire Charlie. Together, they reflect on the drastic transformation in Charlie, and compares it to the bible. Reflecting on his radical change, Charlie thinks to himself, “This intelligence has driven a wedge between me and all the people I once knew and loved. Before, they laughed at me and despised me for my ignorance and dullness; now, they hate me for my knowledge and understanding” (Keyes 16). In other words, from the surgery, Charlie realizes that Charlie wants to please people and make them happy, and therefore thinks his knowledge will help him build stronger friendships.
“I dont know why Im dumb agen or what I did wrong maybe its becaus I dint try hard enuff.” (Keyes, 85) In the story, “Flowers for Algernon” and man named Charlie Gordon doesn’t have the same opportunities as some people do today, he doesn’t know the feeling of getting a good grade on a test you studied hard for. Charlie has mental disabilities that makes it harder for him to learn, Charlie is 37 and his IQ is 68%. There’s something out there that has Charlie trying so hard to learn, Charlie wants to be “smart enough” to get an operation that will make him smarter, if only he knew the future causes that were soon to come. Charlie should not of had the operation because it only made things worse. The first reason why Charlie should of got the operation is because he only got worse.
Mr. Donnegan thought it was for the best to let Charlie go. There was a petition going around to get Charlie fired. There was 840 names on the petition and Charlie noticed that a certain person didn’t sign it, Fanny Girden. Charlie got upset when Fanny questioned him on how he got so smart so fast. He got angry because she was saying how it wasn’t possible for it to happen so quickly and Charlie just wanted to prove her wrong.
Throughout the story, the readers watch how Charlie is able to find himself and break out of his quiet shell with the recognition his friends give him. Charlie has his first kiss and girlfriend, gets high at a party, is the lead actor in a group performance of ''The Rocky Horror Picture Show'' and even stands straight up on his feet in fast moving car. These are normally not what a person who keeps to himself would do. With this in mind, we can see how Charlie's personal identity develops from the kid on the sidelines to the kid in the spotlight,
Before Charlie received the surgery, they did not cope with him as a friend, but Charlie failed to recognize it. Charlie was unaware of the meaning of “pulling a Charlie Gordon.” Once Charlie became rather intelligent, he noticed what it truthfully meant; it was to take advantage of him. Charlie had a job at a factory with Joe and Frank, until the entire faculty wrote and signed a formal petition to have Charlie lose his job. At one point in the story Charlie was inside a restaurant. A mentally impaired waiter was being harassed because he
Alike most teenagers his age, Charlie makes very rash and impulsive decisions like when the football players teamed up against Patrick for being gay and started beating him up until Charlie interferes and stops them, winning him respect among Sam and everyone else. He suffers from Major Depressive disorder which he later overcomes through