Argument Paper : ' Flowers For Algernon '

786 Words Nov 30th, 2016 4 Pages
Lucy Vincent
Putman
Hour 5
15 November 2016
Argument Paper What are ethics? Ethics are the idea of what is right and what is wrong. These ideas are based on well-rounded reasoning such as obligations, benefits to society, fairness, and specific values. In the short story "Flowers for Algernon" Charlie is a thirty-seven year old man who has a very low IQ of sixty-eight. Doctors decide to use him as a text subject for an experiment that will supposedly make him three times smarter.Charlie agrees to undergo the surgery and to go through with the operation. Charlie Gordon 's doctors did not act ethically when they performed the surgery to make him smarter. Charlie Gordon 's doctors did not act ethically when they performed the surgery to make him smarter, because they did not ask themselves and Charlie the proper questions. A very important question for doctors to ask themselves is "What are the prospects, with or without treatment, for a return to normal life...?" (Siegler). This question is referring to whether or not the patient can return back to how their life was before, after they have completed the operation.Charlie 's doctors did not take this question into consideration, they did not even consider his personal life. Charlie in turn was not able to return to a normal life after his operation. He lost his "friends", his job, his personality, and his overall lightheartedness. If his doctors had taken this into consideration Charlie may not have lost some of these…

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