To begin, before the operation Charlie was much more happier and healthier in both a physical and mental way. First, Charlie always enjoyed having company around him, and he loved spending time with his “friends.” Keyes added, “We had a lot of fun at the factery today… that made me laff. Their really my friends and they like me” (317). To elaborate, he thought his coworkers were truly his friends although they made fun of him; however, it made Charlie happy and excited to go back and see them. Second, he was very motivated to learn and become smarter just like his friends Joe and Frank, even though they were just average people. Charlie said enthusiastically, “They said Miss. Kinnian told that I was
Readers may oppose Charlie having the surgery. Some of them reason that Charlie had rotten emotions such as anger, depression, greed, and loneliness. This brings up the point, Charlie shouldn’t have had the surgery. Although Charlie did deal with these emotions, he felt new and amazing feelings also. He felt happiness, true love, normality, and accomplishment. As he regresses, he states,”...I am grateful for the little bit that I here add to the knowledge to the function of the human mind…”. In most opinions, this outweighs the terrible things he had to
Charlie made a very good choice by getting the adoration it changed him and changed society around him. Charlie used to get made fun of by his "friends" and they treat him so poorly. (pg.291)"we had a lot of fun at the factory today. Joe carp said they look where Charlie had his opera shun what they did Charlie put some brains in." Charlie didn’t recognize that they were making fun of him this was before the effects of the operation started to work. His lack of knowledge led others to speak to him unfairly and treat in a bad manner, but Charlie doesn’t know any better. They have always made fun of him he just never knew it until the operation.(pg.293) when I got up and saw the look on joes face and it gives me a funny feeling in my stomach" Charlie started to turning red when everyone was laughing at him at the bar. This is the part in the story where Charlie starts to see his
Would it be worse to have an IQ of 204 or 68? Would it be worse to know everything but not be able to talk with anyone without frustration or know nothing but not be able to talk of anything more complex than third grade level? In the short science fiction story, “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, Charlie Gordon with an IQ of 68 and has a difficult time learning anything as simple as reading or writing is given the option to triple his intelligence with a suspicious surgery. Charlie, ignorant of the suspicion or risk that comes with this surgery is desperate to become intelligent as it is his only wish and nothing is more important to him. His teacher, Miss Kinnian recommend him for the surgery out of anyone in the class due to his egre and positive outlook on intelligence. However, after the surgery, Charlie finds intelligence was a nice treat but was far from an importance in life and only took him away from what truly mattered. One could believe Charlie was wrong to undergo the surgery because of the side effects that came with the surgery such as physical and emotional instability, and amnesia, the depresion it came with, and how he lost all of his friends and loved ones with his extreme intelligence.
The people he thought he trusted fell in the same group as all the other nobody in his life that just brought him down into a repeating cycle of hate and so much more that he can now see. Charlie uses the word “dumb” as if it's the opposite of standard society in a way and when people in general refer to the word dumb they have negative influences and Charlie is portraying this thought as one of his own because he has heard it so many times he's beginning to believe it himself. To succeed in life if you have enough determination it doesn’t matter whether or not you have the intelligence for it. Nothing worth putting time into will ever be easy because life is about giving 110% towards what means most to
The novel Flowers for Algernon written by Daniel Keyes effectively explores the complex human experiences of disability and the impact that it has on individuals and society through its three major themes; Self-realisation , Alienation and loneliness and treatment of the mentally disabled by society. Through these themes this response will highlight the difficulties experienced by people with disabilities and the people in their lives.
“Those who use others are stupid but those who are used are even more stupid” (Internet). Charlie Gordon, the main character in Daniel Keyes’ book, Flowers for Algernon, ended up being in worse condition after undergoing a surgical procedure that was supposed to heighten his intelligence. Furthermore, the scientists unfortunately did not use ethics or take enough care in treating Charlie causing his now worse condition to be their own fault. Their greed led them to abuse and take advantage of Charlie, a very gullible and persuadable because of his low intelligence, and their mistakes led Charlie to his death, the ultimate sacrifice. The choice of using Charlie Gordon in Daniel Keyes’ book, Flowers for Algernon, for an intelligence altering surgery was unethical and biased.
The first reason that supports my theory is he gets a taste of what smart is. What I mean is that he may of not been quick-witted forever, but he learned a lot. He learned to speak different languages he becomes smarter than Dr.Nemur and Dr. Strauss combined. Charlie found out how to scrutinize, write, prabble, and understand people better than he ever could. Charlie gets so smart that he
Ethics are referred to as the right and wrong things a human being does. They include what society thinks is good and bad. Secondly, ethics are referred to as the study and production of a person's ethical quality. Charlie Gordon did not have the pleasure to be treated with dignified ethics. Charlie was a man young aged at thirty-seven with an IQ score of sixty-eight. All he wanted was to be intelligent. Charlie finally got this opportunity when two doctors decided he was a perfect candidate for a surgery that would greatly improve his intelligence. However, Charlie Gordon's doctors did not act ethically when they performed the surgery
For example, on page 299, “I felt sick inside as I looked at his dull, vacuous smile, the wide bright eyes of a child, uncertain but easy to please. And I had been laughing at him too. Suddenly, I was furious at myself and all those who were laughing at him.” Here, Charlie was realizing that people were mean and rude to people who weren’t like them. That people looked down to people who were different than them or not as smart. Although, if Charlie did not have the surgery, he would not have had the experience of becoming super smart.
Charlie's doctors, Dr Strauss and Dr Nemur, had failed to fully examine the effects the operation would have on Charlie. This is because they hadn't shown enough concern to tell Charlie how he would function both during and after the operation. In "Flowers for Algernon," Charlie Gordon is made fun of for his low IQ, but shunned by coworkers during the experiment. After the experiment had been completed, it was near impossible for Charlie to return to his normal life. "This intellegnce has driven a wedge between me and the people I once knew and loved" (Keyes 72). Charlie also had much trouble returning to his normal life before the surgery, and example is, "I did a dumb thing today I forgot I wasn't in Miss Kinnians
Every second of everyday people go through surgeries which sometimes end up in unpredicted symptoms.”Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes is about a 37 year old man, named Charlie Gordon who has a mental disability. When taking a part of an operation/experiment to gradually escalate. Before Charlie had the IQ of 68 but with help of the surgery, he gains the capacity to see the world how it really is. Charlie was better off when he took the surgery because he now has the knowledge to see how people are when it comes to somebody who is different that they are. Also, he gains visual intelligence when finally seeing a image on a card. But after the surgery he becomes depressed because the surgery was not the dramatic break of a man becoming a genius with a surgery. He pushes everyone away he loved due to the operation being a failure.
Intelligence is a valued aspect to many people, but it can be achieved in options that aren’t labeled “intelligence-altering surgery”. The doctors, Dr.Nemur and Dr. Strauss do not follow the ethics of fieldwork. They chose the wrong person, Charlie Gordon, to do the surgery on, and didn’t wait to find out that the side-effects include death. In Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, the doctors made a bad choice by choosing Charlie Gordon for the intelligence-altering surgery.
You see, when charlie broke alice’s heart, he lost her as a friend too. also after began to get smart, one of the guys that was bullying him at work started to complain because Charlie started to correct him about the boston red sox curse. Charlie then felt as if the had no friends and was alone. Also the people at charlie's work petitioned for him to get laid of of his job. this relates to why he shouldn’t have got the surgery because the was alone and had no friends. but if the didn't have the treatment the still would've had his job and still thought that the people where his
The book "Flowers Of Algernon" by Daniel Keyes is a science fiction short story based on a man named Charlie, who has a learning disadvantage. He gets a chance to mend himself by getting surgery. The surgery was a dangerous idea which leads to his death. Charlie was better off before the surgery because it changed Charlie's life by making him a miserable and grievous person. One of the reasons Charlie felt this way was because the knowledge he obtained from the surgery was short-term. He also became bitter which made him all alone without friends or family at the end of the story. The surgery was a disturbing encounter physical and intellectually and just caused Charlie to feel isolated.