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To a lot of people intelligence is everything but is it In the novel Flowers for Algernon intelligence is the main desire for the main character Charlie But in the film Good Will Hunting the main character has intelligence but has no goal and when given several options to take Will refuses one after another Most intelligent people have never had any problems with the law They know right from wrong which places to go and which places not to go Usually it is the uneducated and unintelligent that have run-ins with the law while doing things under the influence of drugs or alcohol Yet in these two texts it is the opposite Will an adult with a high intelligence is constantly in trouble with the law and has a criminal record On the other hand there is Charlie He is mentally retarded therefore has very low intelligence Yet he has never had any problems with the law While Charlie has a much lower intelligence than Will he is by no means disadvantaged by this Will has no advantage over Charlie Wills high inelegance does not help him in any way with the fact that he does illegal activities Throughout the texts both Charlie and Will are exposed to and guided by professors and psychiatrists In both texts Will and Charlie are used by the professors they trusted While Charlie could have been easily used as his low intelligence would have made it much harder for him to understand what exactly those around him were doing Yet a person with a normal intelligence would have understood if anyone was using them Yet Will with a high intelligence was still deceived by those around him that he trusted His high intelligence gave him no advantage over Charlie when in the same position They where both equally susceptible to being used by the professors that where supposably looking after them Charlie had a stable
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