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Flowers for Algernon has several conflicts which can be classified into 3 categories protagonist versus nature protagonist versus self and protagonist versus society Protagonist versus nature is Charlie trying to increase his natural IQ of 68 and suppress the effects which would occur naturally as seen in Algernon The mental regression which could be seen in Algernon on which the operation was performed earlier is what Charlie is trying to battle by practising very hard though his mental regression is inevitable Protagonist versus self can be seen in Charlies battle to forget his past the way he laughed at himself his mental disability Charlie knows that even when his intelligence is raised tremendously through surgical means he cannot fit in because his intelligence is not natural Therefore he tries to hide his past However his eyes are opened through the retarded dishwasher who he laughs at but finally realises through that experience that he had been laughing at himself Protagonist versus society would include the mentally retarded as a whole versus society Charlie versus his colleagues and boss and Charlie versus Drs Strauss and Nemur Discrimination against the mentally retarded is rampant in our society Charlie is only given 25 for an idea which would save his boss thousands of dollars yearly whereas a professional who came up with the same idea would be given at least 1000 Not only are the mentally retarded discrimated against their quest for acceptance is never-ending especially in Charlies case Charlie when his IQ is still low he is seen as someone to be taken advantage of to be laughed at yet when he tries to blend in by surgically enhancing his intelligence he is completely shunned When he tries to celebrate with Frank and Joe who represent the majority of the population they give lame excuses to avoid him Charlies quest for true acceptance however hard he tries is always fruitless Drs Strauss and Nemur look down on
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