The Gift of “Sight”
Waking through bleak alleyways Charlie is lost in every sense of the word. He cannot remember nor comprehend the location of his apartment and the dark comes ever closer. Only with help from a kind policeman does Charlie make it back to his apartment. Throughout the story “Flowers for Algernon, the protagonist Charlie is truly lost. The first thirty or so years of his life are spent doing little to nothing. He constantly has trouble with his mental disability and people take advantage of him because of it. When all seems ever hopeless, a small dim bulb is lit at the end of the tunnel. Scientists experimenting on genetically altered mice have made a breakthrough. For the first time with the help of modern medicine Charlie Gordon has a chance to be “normal.” In the few short months that Charlie is a genius, he discovers that intelligence is what you make of it and all people deserve to be equally treated with respect and dignity. Throughout the story “Flowers for Algernon” Charlie expressed a host of different but connected goals. Before his life altering procedure Charlie’s only goal in life was to get smarter. Charlie’s motivation to get smart was certainly the idea of being normal. His whole life he was shunned and ignored because he was slower than others. He spent endless hours in lessons but was rewarded with little to no success. After the operation Charlie’s goals evolved to more complex levels. His intelligence grew exponentially and for a while all he wanted to do was learn. Charlie was a blind man given the gift of sight and he cherished that gift. As Charlie came to the peak of his intelligence his focus changed to finding himself. Through so many struggles he had never before managed to define who Charlie Gordon really was. This final goal may have been somewhat unresolved because the blind man with sight was made blind once more. In the novel our protagonist, Charlie, did not experience a smooth ride. Before the procedure, and...
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