Flowers For Algernon By Keyes

The story "Flowers for Algernon", by Daniel Keyes, that we read in

English was about a mentally retarded person, named Charlie who had an operation
to increase his intelligence, but the operation was a failure and Charlie is
slow again. He wants to move now so society wonít ridicule him for being slow
again. Daniel Keyes wrote this short story for good reasons. Daniel Keyes wrote
"Flowers for Angernon" to show people from an outside look on how we
treat mentally challenged people. When you treat people as you always do, you
donít see how mean or how cruel it really may be. It could just be your
personality or the way you were brought up. By him writing a story on a mentally
challenged person wanting to become smart to be accepted by society, and be able
to be seen as a "normal" person, at any length or means, was to show
us, the society, how we treat mentally challenged people. He could possibly have
seen a mentally challenged person being treated poorly, or perhaps was related
to one and wanted to tell the society it was not right, but put it in a way by
which it touched people in their own way, depending on how they interpret the
story. In the story, there was a point where Charlie was at a party and they got
him drunk, and made him dance with a girl. Charlie had never been with a girl
before and didnít know what to do. They were tripping him when he was trying
to dance with the girl. Later after the operation when he is smart he says
"...people were laughing and making fun of me..." Maybe Daniel Keyes
has seen something like this happen before done to someone mentally challenged.

Daniel Keyes point of view of improving intelligence by artificial means, is
that he is against it. In the end he told through Charlie in an odd way that he
had wished he never would have had the operation because he now people will have
seen how he was once mentally challenged, then became smart and then became
slower again. He was afraid that society wouldnít accept him. "I dont
want Miss. Kinnian to feel sorry for me. Evry body feels sorry at the factery
and I dont want that eather so Im going someplace where nobody knows that

Charlie Gordon was once a genus and now he cant even reed a book or rite
good." When Charlie went back to work he was confronted by a man who made a
rude comment, but a CO-worker who used to make fun of him and set him up to fail
stuck up for him. But later Charlie said that he wishes to go to New York to get
away from everyone. That is where Daniel Keyes states that he wouldnít want
the operation to be done. This is the statement Charlie made: "...Im going
someplace where nobody knows that Charlie Gordon was once a genus..." I
think that where Daniel Keyes point was made because if he (Charlie) had never
had the operation, he wouldnít be trying to get away from society, he would
have never known what being a "genius" even meant. Daniel Keyes stated
in the story, " It was evil when Eve listened to the snake and ate from the
tree of knowledge. It was evil when she saw that she was naked. If not for that
none of us would ever have to grow old and sick and die." That is where in
his own way Daniel Keyes is saying we shouldnít try and play God , and change
human flaw. If Charlie never he was slower then the wouldnít want more
intelligent. When Charlie first found out that Algernonís intelligence had
started disintegrating, Charlie was trying really hard to figure out why and how
to stop it. "Iíve got to find the reason for the sharp regression in

Algernon. Iíve got to know if and when it will happen to me." Charlie had
a fear of becoming slow again. He was also trying to show that if in fact we
ever do come up with a way to make artificial intelligence in the future, what
will we do if it is not a success. In the story he made it kind of clear that
the "lab rat", Charlie, did feel bad and cheated at the fact that his
intelligence was but a mere tease and that it was only temporary. "Anyway I
bet Iím the