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Flowers for Algernon In the short story Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes the main character Charlie Gordon has an IQ of 68 and desires to become intelligent He is chosen to undergo an operation to increase his intelligence level to 204 however he is unaware of the consequences that may follow His experiment is not worth the risk because he realizes that humans can be cruel the experiment is not permanent and he loses his friends and job One of the reasons Charlies experience is not worth the risk is he realizes that humans can be cruel This is seen throughout the story for example in the way Charlie Gordons so-called friends treat him After the operation on of Charlies friends Joe Carp teases him about the operation saying hey look where Charlie had his operation what did they do Charlie put some brains in Another time Charlie realizes humans can be cruel is when Charlie is in a restaurant and the bus boy who is mentally challenged drops the dishes on the floor the people start laughing at him and make fun of him This makes Charlie upset and he begins to yell at the customers in the restaurant saying Shut up Leave him alone Its not his fault he cant understand He cant help what he is But hes still a human being Charlie also does not realizethat his friends are laughing at him and not with him until his IQ beginsto increase and he figures out what Joe Carp and Frank Riley mean by he pulled a Charlie Gordon Another reason the operation is not worth the risk is because the operation is not permanent Before the operation Charlie has an IQ of 68 he can write but his spelling is not very good Charlies IQ increases to 204 after having the operation Algernon a mouse that undergoes the same operation starts to
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