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In the novel Charlie Gordon is a mentally retarded 32 year old He has an IQ of sixty-eight Even though Charlie was not smart he lives a happy life Charlie thinks if he becomes smart he would live a better life Charlie gets an operation to triple his IQ And his life changes for the worse When Charlie becomes smarter he starts to realize how cruel people treat him and he goes into a short depression because of this His life was better before the operation At the beginning of the story he has problems understanding people he is rejected by people who he thinks is his friend He speaks in broken sentences and cannot spell that good His friends made fun of him and took advantage of him for being different but he does not realize it He is a warm and friendly person Even though his disability held him back he was determined to learn hoping that this will make him friends and be accepted by others By his teacher Miss Kinnian helping him Charlie learns to read and write Alice Kinnian works at Beekman College for Retarded Adults She recommends Charlie to be a test subject for an operation boosting his IQ because of his motivation to learn As Charlies intelligence increases he develops feelings for Alice She tries to help Charlie deal with nightmares and flashbacks he has of his mother Rose Gorden These things show us that intelligence does not bring happinessCharlie realizes his friends were not his friends They were only friends with Charlie to entertain them At work Charlie would get picked on by his coworkers One time Joe and Frank took Charlie to a party They made him dance like a fool and then they left him The operation made Charlie develop emotions and feelings When his friends could not play jokes on Charlie they started to ignore him His new intelligence made the people around him
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