Character Analysis: Flowers For Algernon By Daniel Keyes

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Geniuses. Michelangelo, Galileo, Newton, Einstein. All names recorded in history, and all people who share the same above average brilliance and intellect. “Idiots”, on the other hand, are those who are never recognized for their smarts, or lack thereof, and who seldom receive any commemoration. These “idiots” are pressured to believe that intelligence is the key to success and happiness, never aware of the sorrows and despairs that a high intellect brings. One of these people is Charlie Gordon. In the short story “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, Charlie is a 37 year old man with an IQ of 68 who has always wanted to be smart his entire life. When Charlie is referred for an operation that might make him smart, Charlie jumps at the opportunity. During his period of brilliance, Charlie experiences both wonderful experiences and horrible realizations, eventually driving him to discover his own fate, a state of mental and physical deterioration which inflicted depression, memory loss, and possibly death, through his friend Algernon, a white mouse who had also taken the operation. However, though Charlie may have felt grateful to the operation for opening his eyes to the world of geniuses, Charlie was overall better off without the operation, as he lose the ability to communicate, subjecting him to loneliness, and he also loses all the stability in his life, both mental and physical. First off, a crucial reason why Charlie should not have gone through with the operation is

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