Summary Of Algernon By Charlie Gordon

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“Don’t be in such a hurry to condemn a person because he doesn’t do what you do, or think as you think. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today” (Malcom X). In 1965, Charlie Gordon of New York, a 37 year old with an IQ of 68, who is continuously humiliated and judged by people due to his disability, becomes a candidate for an experimental operation performed by Dr. Nemur and Dr. Strauss after his teacher, Mrs. Kinnian, recommends him. While Charlie’s intelligence increases at a rapid rate, surpassing an IQ of 200, Algernon, a mouse who is previously operated on, begins to exhibit signs of violence and mental deterioration; it is at this point where he realizes his fate. Working day and night, Charlie writes a report titled…show more content…
“As his vacant eyes moved across the crowd of amused onlookers, he slowly mirrored their smiles and finally broke into an uncertain grin at the joke which he obviously did not understand. I felt sick inside as I looked at his dull, vacuous smile, the wide, bright eyes of a child, uncertain but eager to please. They were laughing at him because he was mentally retarded. And I had been laughing at him too. Suddenly, I was furious at myself and all those who were smirking at him. I jumped up and shouted, "Shut up! Leave him alone! It's not his fault he can't understand! He can't help what he is! But for God's sake ... he's still a human being!" The room grew silent. I cursed myself for losing control and creating a scene. I tried not to look at the boy as I paid my check and walked out without touching my food. I felt ashamed for both of us. How strange it is that people of honest feelings and sensibility, who ­ would not take advantage of a man born without arms or legs or eyes-how such people think nothing of abusing a man born with low intelligence” (Keyes 185). It is beyond cruel to make fun of someone for their disability, especially when they are not able to understand what is going on. Having mental health issues is nothing to…show more content…
Charlie Gordon learns valuable life lessons about acceptance and tolerance throughout this book in the short time that he is able to comprehend. “There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability” (Sharron Angle). Acceptance is a huge necessity in life just as it is in “Flowers For Algernon”. Everyone, no matter what they look like or act like, should live in a world where they are accepted as who they are even if they do not fit into the “normal”
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