Because Charlie Gordon travels between these two worlds—moving from mental disability to brilliance, and then back to mental disability again—he comes to see the ways in which people mock and bully their intellectual inferiors, partly out of cruelty, and partly out of insecurity. First, he shows that intelligence can also be bliss, if only from time to time. Window Symbol Charlie always envisions his younger self watching the world from a window. Charlie is now able to recall past events that shaped his life and analyze past friendships for what they were, or weren't. The operation had covered him over with a veneer of education and culture, but emotionally he was there—watching and waiting. So we talked about it and I got a funny feeling while I was talking, cold and sweaty, and a buzzing inside my head and I thought I was going to throw up.
After Charlie Gordon has his surgery and begins to progress from mental disability to brilliance, he has an argument with one of his coworkers, Fanny Birden. Charlie struggles to have meaningful relationships with his former friends at the bakery, Miss Kinnian, or his family as he become smarter, and even as the effects of Charlie's surgery wear off, he knows he can't go back to the way things were before. I never said I could understand the things that were happening to you. As a genius, he joins in with people who condescend to people who know less than they and becomes even less able to make and maintain friendships than he was as the original Charlie. Blindness Motif Charlie frequently says that he is now able to see with his newfound intelligence, that he is like a blind man who is now able to see. Charlie is afraid of being lonely in the world, something he more fully realizes when he becomes smarter and thus more aware. And I thought to myself, go ahead, you poor bastard—watch.
Charlie is good-natured, honest, and generally liked by all those around him, yet he is still the butt of jokes and the occasional mean prank or abuse. The white mouse offers Charlie what he needs most in this world: unconditional friendship. Charlie loses his only companion in this experiment with Algernon's death, and Charlie's final words before he leaves to be committed to a home for the severely mentally disabled are: Please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard. What about the countless millions all over the world, and those yet unborn destined to be retarded? She never pulls her shade down and thru my window when I put out my lights I can see her from the neck down when she comes out of the bath to dry herself. If you ever reed this Miss Kinnian dont be sorry for me. Charlie is born one way, and the scientists in the novel develop a surgery designed to alter him.
Autumn is the season that displays nature's decline. This sounds a lot like the narrative arc that Keyes has Charlie currently pursuing. I dont know her name, or even what her top part looks like but every night about eleven oclock she goes into her bathroom to take a bath. Then Frank Reilly said what did you do Charlie open a door the hard way. Charlie's surgery takes place in the spring, a time of new beginnings, new growth, and re-birth. Both the pre-operative Charlie and the Charlie of the middle of the book have feelings; they feel loneliness and love equally. Charlie is the first human subject of this process, and he is introduced to Algernon, a white mouse who has undergone this treatment as well.
I was an arrogant, self-centered bastard. This is how the novel ends. In effect, Charlie sets up the balance between intelligence and human affection as his new god. Despite his mental handicap, his classmate Hymie still has Charlie framed so that older boys beat him up for a crime he did not commit. But I'll tell you one thing.
The first book that Charlie reads after his surgery foreshadows the friendship struggles that he will encounter. He loved their company and looked forward to spending time with them. The readers see the injustice against him, first in the family, where egotism and frustration blind his mother to his tremendous need for love and support. Charlie can remember what he learns, and he delights in pleasing his psychiatrists, boss, and Miss Kinnian with his improving intellect. However, when Charlie visits the Warren State Home, he is horrified by the dim faces of the disabled people he meets, and he is unable to muster any warmth toward them. He was laffing and Joe Carp was laffing but Gimpy came in and told them to get back to making rolls.
We all are born with limited understanding of the world and grow, as Charlie does, into children and adults. A third pervasive theme in the novel is the role of intelligence in human relationships. Through pride, Charlie takes… Flowers for Algernon studies the relationship between intelligent and unintelligent people, or more generally, between the powerful and the weak. Unlike Charlie, I was incapable of making friends or thinking about other people and their problems. He has crossed over onto the other side of the intellectual barrier, and Dr.
After his operation, he hears the college students talking in the cafeteria about arts, politics, and religion. The basic structural layout of the novel supports this theme. GradeSaver, 16 January 2016 Web. One notices that his genuine love for Alice is constantly hampered by the repressive attitudes that have been fostered by his mother since his adolescence. There is so much that can be done with this technique, if it is perfected. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.