`` Flowers For Algernon `` By Daniel Keye Essay

1413 Words Dec 10th, 2015 6 Pages
In Daniel Keye 's novel, Flowers for Algernon, supreme devotion to intelligence results in negative consequences such as feeling wretched, loneliness, and losing progress. Charlie gains progress and starts to outthink his peers, but he unexpectedly, is disliked by others because he is becoming so smart. Charlie 's rapid increase of intelligence raises a conflict; he has an emotional fallout and this leads to Alice, his love to leave him. Charlie realizes his regression when he passes through the stages of intelligence, knowing he may lose all his progress following the operation. A couple of days after the operation Charlie starts to learn new things such as multiplication and basic grammar, but still is not at a high enough intellect as his co workers.
Peers and coworkers of Charlie begin to act unreasonably when they start to make jokes about him and his intelligence level. At the bakery where Charlie works, John along with some other of his co workers make cruel jokes about him without Charlie knowing the true meaning behind the jokes and why they were doing this. He did not understand the the punchlines of the jokes leaving him in complete chagrin. “Some times somebody will say hey lookit Frank, or Joe or even Gimpy. He really pulled a Charlie Gordon that time. I don’t know why they say it but they always laff and I laff too” (Keyes 17). At work, some of Charlie 's coworkers make fun of him and make jokes about his intellect and the way he acts. They were meaning to hurt…

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