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THEMES ANALYSIS An understanding of self - In first-person narratives the narrator may play one of two types of roles He may be a low profile colorless character who acts as a medium to convey the actions of others around him who are more dramatic and colorful Alternately he may be one of the central characters in the literary work Charlie belongs to the latter category What makes him stand out is that he doesnt know who he really is The Charlie with an IQ of 68 is wildly different from the one who is a genius The person considered sub-human by his surgeons goes on to become the one capable of detecting the errors in their work The Charlie who was forbidden by his mother to even look at a girl with sex in his mind finds that there are two women who find him attractive but he cant deal with the change How Charlie charts his passage through the strange territory into which his operation throws him is one of the Themes of the novel Before the operation Charlie longed to be smart and have lots of frends Afterwards he finds himself looking at the old frends with new eyes and gradually getting alienated from them His conscious mind doesnt remember much about his family but he has constant flashes of memory about them and their rejection of him Thus Charlie after the operation is lonelier than ever before He then uses his new powers to understand the new larger world before him He equips himself with a variety of knowledge Yet close personal ties evade him Charlies earlier dependence on Miss Kinnian has developed into love He is conscious of this but cant bring his feelings to sexual completion He realizes this is due to his mothers forceful conditioning in early days He then attempts to achieve sexual fulfillment and friendship with Fay This works for sometime but Fay does not know
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