Charlie Gordon: A Genius or a Dunce? If you had the chance to increase your intelligence and take the risk of any side effects, would you do it? In Flowers For Algernon, a short story by Daniel Keyes, Charlie Gordon most definitely would. Charlie Gordon is a middle-aged man who has an IQ of 68 but loves to learn. When he is asked to be part of an experiment that could make him smarter, he agrees, not knowing that the effects will wear off after a while.
He is more emotionally able to read people’s body language and how they are treating him, like when understands his friends. Charlie realizes, Joe and Frank’s intentions, “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.” (Keyes 293). Comparatively, Charlie has transformed from an oblivious mentally handicapped man, to one that is learning more about things around him. At the end of Charlie’s incline of intelligence he becomes paranoid and suspicious like when he examined Dr. Nemur and Dr. Strauss’ credentials and morals. Charlie examines their credentials as such, “I believe that Dr. Nemur was afraid of further delay because he was worried someone else might make a discovery along these lines and take the credit from him.
Finally, when Charlie was a genius, he understood the failure of the surgery. The operation caused Charlie’s life to change traumatically, including his social environment. Social issues became a reality for Charlie. Over time he found out that Joe and Frank are not as friendly as he thought they were. Furthermore, Charlie received a petition from his coworkers against him, because they did not accept that he was different, which caused him to be fired.
I want to be smart,” page 182. This quote reveals that Charlie is motivated and determined because because he has the want to be intelligent as he explains in his first “progris riport.” 2. In “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, the reader learns that Charlie is not smart and he wants to be smart. Charlie’s perspective is surprising for many reasons. In “progris riport 4- Mar 8” Charlie writes, “But most people of his low ment** are host** and uncoop** they are usualy duth apath** and hard to reach.
He always wanted to be smart and he got his wish. Though it was only for a limited time he still could be proud that he was a genius and that he was smarter than any of his friends. For this Reason, Charlie should have had the surgery because he didn’t regret the
Nobody lives happily ever after, but the story impacts people in a way that fairy tales don't. It shows as the reality of people, how others treat people that are different and life in general. If Charlie was a real person I would tell him he needs to get the operation, based on what I know. He deserved to feel like a normal person, and if by any chance he could get that I would tell him to jump at the first sign of hope. So yes, if he had the operation, he could finally pursue his dreams, know what people think of them and why they think that way, and lastly, realizing that he loved Ms. Kinnian.
I think that Charlie should have the surgery because of these 3 reasons, he is super smart, he realizes a lot more things in life , and that he can power through depression. The first reason that Charlie should have the surgery is that he is
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 Charlie should not have been chosen for the surgery is that it left him and his life in worse condition than when before the surgery. “ I dont want Miss Kinnian to feel sorry for me. Evry body feels sorry at the factery and I dont want that eather so Im going some place where nobody knows that Charlie Gordon was once a genus and now he cant reed a book or rite good” (Keyes 210). This quote illustrates that Charlie has
I said yes. Miss Kinnian told me. I dont care if it herts.” He clearly does not fully grasp the implications of the surgery. Charlie only understands the operation may hurt, missing other risks like surgical complications. Failing to understand what the surgery will do to his brain, he only knows it will make him “smart”.
Kinnian supports the theme because she was one of the only people Charlie looked up to. Although she was a role model to Charlie and she was probably like a parent or family member to, I believe that she should have looked into the operation and since she knew Charlie, and knew how to explain stuff, like the effects of the surgery she should have explained this to Charlie before he had the operation. Mrs. Kinnian at least tried to support him and make him understand, but he was blindsided by the fact that he might become smart, “But it is very hard to be smart. They said you know it will probably be temporary. I said, yes.