Flowers For Algernon And Discrimination Analysis

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According to Alan Moore, “Technology is always a two-edged sword. It will bring in many benefits, but also many disasters. In the short stories, “Flowers for Algernon”, and “Hallucination”, along with the non-fiction pieces, “Robo-Legs”, and “Eureka: Scientific Twists of Fate”, the negative effects technology has had on society are heavily exploited. For the name of technology society has taken greater risks, and became heavily dependent on it, while also managing to become more critical and immoral. In both fiction and non-fiction worlds, people have advanced technology by taking hazardous chances. For example, in “Flowers for Algernon” Dr.Nemur and Dr.Strauss took a risk on both Charlie’s and Algernon’s health when they did the intelligence …show more content…
As a result of their risk, Algernon died and Charlie’s state of mind plummeted quickly. When Charlie first started lose control over his mind he said, “Why can’t I remember? I’ve got to fight. I lie in bed for days and I don’t know who or where I am. Then it all comes back to me in a flash. Fugues of amnesia. Symptoms of senility---- second childhood. I can watch them coming on. It’s so cruelly logic. I learned so much and so fast. Now my mind is deteriorating rapidly” (Keyes 219-220). In another situation, Sam in “Hallucination” took a dangerous and careless risk when he showed the Commander the alien insets. It was risky, because the insects previously caused him to fall in a depression, and seeing them could’ve caused the Commander to be in further mental distress. Although both previous examples were risky situations set in fictional universes, Edward Jenner, a doctor-in-training, took a dangerous chance to discover a cure for …show more content…
For instance in “Hallucinations”, when Sam wanted to go outside the dome, the Corridor-Master said, “But if we have to go to that trouble, you won’t be allowed out again for a pretty long time. And it won’t look good on your record, either. You understand”(Asimov 351). The words the Corridor-Master said in the quote hinted that future societies would be more strict. The humans in “Hallucination” lacked morals, when they destroyed the large amounts of planetary life on the Energy planet, and showed little care and remorse for what they did. After Charlie quit his job in “Flowers for Algernon”, he met up with his co-worker Franny. Towards the end of their conversation, Franny admitted that Charlie’s other co-workers believed that whatever Charlie did to become smarter wasn’t right, and that she agreed with them. In the world “Flowers for Algernon” was set in, Charlie was still criticized and judged even after the operation made him more intelligent. Although technology proves to be beneficial, it brings many negative effects to

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