Lack Of Intelligence In Daniel Keyes Flowers For Algernon

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Daniel Keyes's science fiction story “Flowers for Algernon” is about a 37-year-old man that was born with a lack of intelligence. He has always been teased and made fun of for his problem. As an adult, he chooses to go to learn at school. He doesn't learn much but chooses to undergo a risky never before done surgery. The surgery promises to triple his IQ of 68 but it may not be permanent. The surgery goes will and Charlie has now gained his intelligence. But then his co-workers despise and fear him for becoming smart and get him fired. Charlie then starts to rethink his decisions of the surgery. The mouse that was the original animal that underwent the surgery. Starts to lose his intelligence and the dies. The same thing begins to happen to Charlie where he forgets everything and because just like before or even worse. He decides to move to New York so people wouldn't feel bad for him. One theme that emerged in the text is by not accepting someone you could end up pushing them to…show more content…
One example of this is when Charlie realized his so called friends only like to have him around to make fun of him. He feels very ashamed and embarrassed he did not realize this sooner. This is significant because from that moment Charlie realizes he wants to have friends and be accepted. Consequently, the co-workers have driven Charlie to think he is not normal since he lacks intelligence. When someone feels unaccepted they will most likely feel different and choose to change. This sort of thing was seen in Charlie's behavior. When he chooses to learn a lot very fast and try to get intelligent like to others. Charlie will ultimately end up regretting it.The theme acceptance is highlighted many times in the story. As you can see in this evidence Charlie's co-workers had a big impact on how accepted Charlie felt and why he felt he needed to
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