Charlie doesn’t want that to happen to him, but he knows it is inevitable. It is very hard to live with forgetfulness, impaired motor activity, depression, and a low IQ without any help. He has to go through the pain of knowing that the temporary intelligence he had received was all going to leave him. Charlie also does not have a stable income so it would be hard for him to learn more through an adult school like Miss Kinnian’s. By comparing Charlie’s mental state before and after the experiment, one can easily see that he was much more mentally stable before the
In addition, he was very strict with himself himself when he was “trying to cram a lifetime of research and thought into a few weeks” (Keyes 28). Thanks to the successful experiment on Charlie, he wasn’t disrespected anymore. There were no more “what are you trying to be a Charlie Gordon” (Keyes 11) anymore. As a matter of fact, “it’s a good thing about finding out how everybody laughs at [him],” (Keyes
Charlie can’t choose if he is smart or not, it’s not his decision he finds out later in the book. One day in Spring Charlie’s teacher decides to enter him into a research project with more people with disabilities similar to Charlie’s. Charlie goes to the testing facility and does some test to see if he is eligible, and if he is what they are looking for. Charlie hopes and prays to be chosen, he knew he could not give up, even if his first set of test did not go as well as he wished. His prayers are answered when his teacher tells him that he is going in for further testing to make
Charlie said, “ I was furious at myself and all those who were smirking at him. I jumped up and shouted, ‘Shut Up!Leave him alone! It’s not his fault he can't understand!But for god’s sake he is still a human being!’”. Charlie noticed that he was making fun at what used to be him. Charlie also said, “Only a short time ago, I learned that people laughed at me.
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
He is more on the scared side, and always blames everyone or he points fingers for example he says “You sound real anxious to have that happen, Steve. I think we better keep an eye on you too!”. Charlie assumes it’s Steve because all Charlie does is blame. Here is an action to support that, Now Charlie pulls the gun from Steve’s hand. As you can see Charlie will do anything he wants because he doesn’t think before his actions.
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. Now I know what it means when they say to pull a Charlie Gordon. I'm ashamed.” Charlie finally realizes that the only reason Joe and Frank like to have him around is because they like to laugh at him. “68” Charlie would have never figured that out by himself. The operation boosted his intelligence but it also helped his EQ grow.
In the middle of the novel, Charlie also updated his friend whose name was never mentioned with letters. In these letter Charlie mentioned that he is trying to get better, “I wish I can report that it's all getting better , but unfortunately it isn't. It's hard…”(Chbosky 142). As well as the end of the book, “I've been in the hospital for the past two months… I was completely naked on the couch watching television , which wasn't on”(Chbosky 208). At the very end of the book Charlie says that he will stop writing letter to his friend and will try to live his normal life next year as a sophomore in his school, “Tomorrow I start my sophomore year of high school.
But once the lessons were over, I returned home and stepped into the long pants of adulthood. I tell you I got so confused sometimes I didn’t know who it was I was supposed to be.” (p.28) Charlie needed to become an adult because his father passed away was a big inspiration for him and no one in his family can take that responsibility but he doesn’t know if he is still a child or an adult. Another experience that changes Charlie is after he fought with Mr Peacock. This is shown when Mr Redmond says, “Charlie. Personally, I’d think twice before messin with ya, after what I saw the other night.” (p.81) Charlie became confident for
I dont know why he said that. I never lost any packiges.” (Keyes 23). This shows that many of Charlie’s co-workers, whom Charlie assumes are his friends, often taunt and pick on him. But Charlie fails to understand that he is the butt of their jokes. If someone accidentally does something wrong and makes a mistake, they will always refer it as a “Charlie Gordon”.