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Hurting Charlie When was the last time you wanted something so much you would sacrifice your life to have it even if just for a moment Charlie Gordon a 37 year old man with a learning disability did just that In the story Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes Charlie gets a chance to alter his IQ substantially through operation The only drawback to this is the long-term outcomes of the operation are unknown The operation does succeed but later Charlie is sent on a riveting downward spiral into the life he tried to run away from The operation hurt Charlie in every imaginable way and did nothing to help him Is it not better to do your best than to be the best Charlie Gordon was a motivated man who always put forth as much effort as he could He struggled for independence and freedom in a world he desperately wanted to be a part of A statement such as Im gonna try awful hard is often heard spoken by Charlie Everybody notices how hard Charlie tries to be what he considers normal Dr Strauss described Charlie best when he said But most people of his low mentality are hostile and uncooperative They are usually dull apathetic and hard to reach He has a good nature Hes interested and eager to please If a person is doing the best they can for the circumstances isnt that the best Why should a person feel pressured to be what he isnt capable of being After the operation Charlie first doesnt even want to try then cant remember what it means to try and finally doesnt have hope enough to try His statement changes from Im gonna try awful hard to maybe its just easier not to do what I say Im going to do the thought to try his best never even occurs He lost one of his most valuable qualities due to his
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