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Character Analysis Of Charlie Gordon In Daniel Keyes Flowers For Algernon

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Charlie Gordon knows he is not very intelligent and that the only thing he is good at is his job. In Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, Charlie, a 37 year old man, has an I.Q. of 68 which is a result of a mental disorder. Later on he gets an opportunity from Dr. Strauss and Dr. Nemur to get an A.I. surgery which would triple his I.Q. Charlie takes them up on the offer. After the surgery, Charlie gets smarter, and a lot people get scared after knowing him as not being intelligent. He even gets fired from his job because everyone felt uncomfortable and inferior around him. They signed a petition for him to not work there anymore. Charlie didn’t know what to do since it’s all he’s ever done. It’s great that he got more intelligent, but Charlie’s life was way better before the surgery. He was happier, he was more likeable, and he got along with others better. Charlie Gordon was often cheerful before he had the A.I. surgery.…show more content…
surgery. Other viewers may say that more people liked Charlie after the surgery and I argue that it is not true. Although he might have been happy after the surgery, he had many other emotions than he did have before the surgery. For example before the surgery he only felt happiness, excitement, and motivation, but after the surgery he had sadness, depression, lonely, and he could also feel ashamed. The quote “Now I’m more alone than ever before…” (Keyes 235). This shows he had depression. People often think that since Charlie was smarter and could accomplish more after the surgery that he was more liked previously, but most people didn't like him and were uncomfortable with him. For example, he even lost his job because people didn’t want him there because they were uncomfortable with him. “Dr. Nemur appears to be uncomfortable around me. Sometimes when I try to talk to him, he just looks at me strangely and turns away” (Keyes 236). This is why Charlie was better off before the
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