Flowers For Algernon: Charlie´s Operation If you had the chance to have an operation for artificial intelligence, would you take it? I think that most people would, especially if they have a lower than average IQ. After reading an excerpt from the book Flowers for Algernon and watching Flowers For Algernon the movie, I believe that Charlie Gordon did the right thing when he got the operation to increase his intelligence. My reasons are that, he would have passed up his chance to finally pursue his dreams, he would have gone his whole life without knowing that the people he thought were his true friends are actually just using him for a good laugh and he would have never learned his true feelings about Ms. Kinnian without the operation. First of all, ever since Charlie was a kid, he has always wanted to fit in and be smart.
Charlie should not have gotten the surgery because his intelligence gained from the operation is not permanent this causes him serious pain. When he has had the surgery, he may die this affects Charlie greatly he also gets suicidal thoughts. Lastly,Charlie has no friends or family towards the end and the surgery causes all these problems for Charlie. This story is about a person named Charlie, who has a learning disability and has had surgery to fix this and allow him to become smarter, but with this, he gets many dreadful side effects. The treatment was an unsatisfactory idea and Charlie should not have the opportunity to get surgery how would he know if it is a effective idea or not.
The first reason why Charlie should of got the operation is because he only got worse. Charlie had the feeling of being smart for a few months, but it didn’t last long, and when it started going away, Charlier only got worse. “I told her how can you tell storys about pepul you never met.” (Keyes, 55) this was before the operation and goes along
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.
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. However, he realizes that his surgery has distanced himself from his coworkers and friends. People are afraid and do not trust him, thinking he has done something evil and dishonest. From this experience, Charlie realizes that what people look for isn’t just intelligence but also personality. If he didn’t have the surgery, Charlie would always yearn for intelligence and not perceive that honesty and dependability are often more valued than his intellectual
There was only one thing wrong with him-he was "mentally retarded." All Charlie wanted was to be smart, he had an IQ of 68. Charlie Gordon's doctors didn’t act ethically. Charlie Gordon's doctors did not act ethically because they didn’t tell Charlie any side effects of the surgery, Charlie ended up learning a major side effect of the surgery which he found out was death, he only found out because a Algernon who also was test died from the surgery. The doctors hadn't even been thought the Algernon's test before they started on Charlie they weren't thinking about Charlie because they were thinking about themselves.
Before Charlie received the surgery, they did not cope with him as a friend, but Charlie failed to recognize it. Charlie was unaware of the meaning of “pulling a Charlie Gordon.” Once Charlie became rather intelligent, he noticed what it truthfully meant; it was to take advantage of him. Charlie had a job at a factory with Joe and Frank, until the entire faculty wrote and signed a formal petition to have Charlie lose his job. At one point in the story Charlie was inside a restaurant. A mentally impaired waiter was being harassed because he
Flowers for Charlie “Those who use others are stupid but those who are used are even more stupid” (Internet). Charlie Gordon, the main character in Daniel Keyes’ book, Flowers for Algernon, ended up being in worse condition after undergoing a surgical procedure that was supposed to heighten his intelligence. Furthermore, the scientists unfortunately did not use ethics or take enough care in treating Charlie causing his now worse condition to be their own fault. Their greed led them to abuse and take advantage of Charlie, a very gullible and persuadable because of his low intelligence, and their mistakes led Charlie to his death, the ultimate sacrifice. The choice of using Charlie Gordon in Daniel Keyes’ book, Flowers for Algernon, for an intelligence altering surgery was unethical and biased.
They found work at a farm in California. In Flowers for Algernon, Charlie Gordon was a mentally impaired man that wanted nothing else but to be smart. He went through a series of procedures and experiments to become smarter. Both of the main characters in the novels, Of Mice and Men and Flowers for Algernon, contain many similarities and differences within them such as having true friends,
Charlie did go to dance and he did what Sam said. After that everything was changed they have date again, hang out, watching movie, talk every day and one day Mary Elizabeth intended to have sex with Charlie in her house but it didn’t last. Charlie’s feeling was unhappy because he actually didn’t like Mary Elizabeth. He lied to her. This part is become interesting for me because Charlie was a kind of shy person and this is his first date ever and a girl who date him is something different for the other girls so I think it is more challenged to Charlie.