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“I hope they use me…maybe they can make me smart…maybe ill be like everybody else and people will like me and be friendly.” Intelligence made Charlie Gordon, a character in the short science fiction story, Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, struggle in many ways such as self-consciousness, troubles with communication, and a loss of the people he cares about, by a single operation, thinking that intelligence will lead him to happiness. Of course intelligence is not always a source of happiness. Initially, Charlie Gordon, a very kind, naive man, didn’t care what he was as long as people like him, but after the operation, he became a whole different person. He was self-conscious, especially while staying with Joe and Frank.” I never knew that Joe and frank and others liked to make fun of me… (pg 33).”Maybe it was good that he found out but it hurt him mentally to find out that his purpose in the Joe/Frank/Charlie friendship was to be made fun of. He was also embarrassed that on a restaurant for speaking out loud in defense of a boy who was dumb as he was before.” I tried not to look at the boy…I felt ashamed for both of us… (pg 44).” In this part he was ashamed and in my opinion also sad that the boy was just like him before the operation. Self-consciousness also made communication a lot harder for him. As I said, communication worsened especially with the people he knew.” everyone seems to be frightened of me…people don’t talk to me that much often or kid round like they used to (pg 36).” His co-workers were afraid of him and were startled that Charlie became intelligent and is talking in a higher level at a really fast pace. Even talking to Ms. Kinnian seemed to be troubling for Charlie.”(pg 43) I tried to avoid all discussions of intellectual concepts and to keep the conversation on a simple everyday level…” Without communication, there is no interaction with the people he cared, and because of that he lost the people he cared about The...
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