Analysis Of Flowers For Algernon By Daniel Keyes Essay
The book Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, follows Charlie Gordon after he receives and experimental procedure to increase his intelligence. Charlie experiences going from being totally ignorant of life to being highly intellectual, and back to less than he was in the beginning. His emotional changes from beginning to end give the reader an indication as to his option on different topics, from the treatment of the mentally disabled, to the usage of untested surgery on human patients. From his odyssey, we as a society can learn how we should treat those with mental disabilities. Instead of treating them as less than human, we should treat them with empathy and understanding, just the same as we treat others who are unaffected by mental disabilities.
Through Charlie’s experience working at the baker, we can learn how not to treat someone with mental disabilities. As Charlie evolves after his treatment, he realizes that many of the things in his life that he once enjoyed were just a facade, and that his disabilities were hiding the truth in fog. For example, instead of laughing with his “friends” at the bakery, he realizes that his “friends” were just laughing at him:
“Some times somebody will say hey lookit Frank, or Joe or even Gimpy. He really pulled a Charlie Gordon that time. I dont know why they say it but they always laff and I laff too” (Keyes 17). He realizes how often they mistreated him, and used his disabilities for…