English Nov. 3, 2006 Essay Assignment
Flowers for Algernon was written by Daniel Keys, the novel is about a retarded adult who is turned into a genius by an operation. Then soon discovers how lucky he really was before the operation. Although the cause of the isolation may be different it always has a negative effect on the character. Charlie Gordon is the protagonist and author of the progress reports. Charlie is a thirty-two-year-old mentally retarded man who lives in New York City. He works at Donner's Bakery as a janitor and delivery boy. Charlie has no friends or family that he can talk to; Charlie spends most of his time alone and desperately wants to be normal. Charlie who has an I.Q. of 68 does not want to be isolated from the world any longer, so he agrees to take part in a experiment which will make him smarter then what he is. When Charlie finishes the experiment his life gets turned upside down. Charlie is now getting smarter but he is still emotionally a child and can not have sexual relations with someone that he loves. Charlie fells even more isolated then ever because he is the only one who knows how it feels to be going through what he is going through. Soon Charlie gets to have sexual relations with a girl but it is not love only a matter of principals because now he knows that he can have sex with out his inner Charlie telling him not to. After Charlie has sex for the first time he feels that he has accomplished a big obstacle and can move on with his life. Charlie soon finds him self staying out late, drinking and having sex often to try to fit in with society when really he was becoming isolated form the person he truly cares about Alice. When the late nights pass Charlie tries to figure out a way to save his Intelligence he writes the Algernon-Gordon effect. When Charlie finds out that he has family he searches for them and finds...
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