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Intelligence Override Essay

683 words - 3 pages

“Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes is a short story explaining a young man’s journey throughout his mentally disorder hardships. The story escalates towards his heyday, but soon collapses towards the end. As a student in an adult public school, Charlie Gordon is mentally disabled with an IQ of 68, wishing to become a genius. Being the best student in Mrs. Kinnian’s class, Charlie soon acquires the opportunity to become smart, but doesn’t realize the consequences he would later face. Before everything changed, Charlie was a happy, honest worker, but gained knowledge and imagination after his surgery.

Previously before Charlie’s operation, he was oblivious yet motivated to learn new ...view middle of the document...

While overhearing Dr. Nemur and Dr. Strauss’s conversation, he heard that “Dr. Nemur wanted to publish the results of the experiment at the end of the month. Dr. Strauss wanted to wait a while to be sure...Dr. Nemur said Dr. Strauss was nothing but an opportunist trying to ride to glory on his coattails.” (233) This angered Charlie allowing him to see the intellectual ways scientists use to take advantage of “experiments.” During the process towards becoming intelligent, Charlie soon is aware of his emotions/feelings including “the thought of leaving her behind...I’m in love with Miss Kinnian.” (234) Once a person who was blinded from the society, Charlie sees Miss Kinnian as a young, lovely woman instead of a very old, unreachable genius. Soon, Charlie begins to deteriorate back to his usual old self. Forgetting almost everything from reading to writing, Charlie goes back to his job as a janitor, but finds himself in an embarrassing situation. After the brawl, Frank Reilly soon “came over and said Charlie if anybody bothers...

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