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. Their difference in intelligence makes Alice miserable and creates a gap between them. When they begin speaking after their first argument, Charlie reveals, “All these months while I’ve been growing intellectually, I’ve still had the emotional wiring of the childlike Charlie. And every time I came close to you, or thought about making love to you, there was a short circuit.” (Keyes 202) Charlie’s rapid intellectual development and lack of emotional development made him feel like there were two different Charlies in is mind, one before and after the operation. His dissociation prevented him from advancing his relationship with Alice because the mentally disabled Charlie would panic whenever Charlie tried to engage in sexual activities with Alice.
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,
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
But there would be a risk that you could die. Would you do it? Flowers for Algernon is a story about a guy named Charlie Gordon, who has an iq of 68 he also had the chance to have his IQ tripled. He had a choice either becomes smart or stay the way he is. 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.
Charlie is picked to have an experimental surgery that will make him become more intelligent. After the surgery, Charlie becomes smart extremely quickly and learns many things such as how to read and write properly, how his friends were making fun of him, also finds out he is in love with Ms. Kinnian and became friends with a mouse named Algernon, who also had the surgery
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
“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.
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
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.