Daniel Keyes 's science fiction story “Flowers for Algernon” is about a mentally retarded man named Charlie Gordon. Throughout life he hasn 't always been the smart one. He wants to change that, and by doing this he wants to do an operation that will expand his learning and his IQ will triple. Charlie met a mouse named Algernon, Algernon is going through this experiment as well. Charlie 's relationship with Algernon isn 't the best, Charlie 's hated him so much because Algernon kept winning in the test the doctors did with them.
On its surface, the deal looks like a good one; Charlie gets to become smart, and interact with his friends in a normal fashion. However, as the story progresses, the deal doesn’t look so great after all. For one, after the operation, Charlie is unable to converse at an everyday level, falls into a downward spiral in both mental and physical health, and figures out that Joe Carp and Frank Reilly, two people he thought were his friends, just kept him around to laugh at him, which leads to him starting to suspect everyone around him. By observing the piece with a more critical mindset that acknowledges the story’s importance, and after deliberating claims and evidence from both sides, we can safely come to the conclusion that the operation merely traded one form of isolation for another, with added physical and mental deterioration. In the end, the choice is obvious:
Everyone is upset about what this may mean.” (Daniel Keyes 216). This shows that despite his other more calm behavior, Algernon is becoming more and more violent, which later affects Charlie due to how closely linked Charlie and Algernon are because of their search for greater intelligence, as shown in the journal entry written by Charlie on May 25th. “ Everyone identifies me with Algernon. In a way we 're both the first of our kind.”
But when I researched him yesterday, it really hit me how motivational he is. He had a lot more serious problems than I do. He had to deal with all these racist people ridiculing him everyday. He was persistent all throughout his career and his lifetime. He never gave up when he knew that others didn’t like him or what he was trying to do.
The conflict in the short story is that Charlie Gordon wants to be smart, he will soon get a operation done and be like everyone else but better. Once he was smart his brain started to deteriorate. The author showed the conflict by Charlie's progress reports. Throughout the progress reports you can see he starts to have a better IQ than starts going back to his normal IQ. In the script it only say that Charlie believes that everyone thinks he is killing himself at his pace [par.9
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