Charlie Gordon gets picked on at work by two people Frank Reilly and Joe Carp because of his low iq. He doesn't know that they make fun of him and when they laugh at him he laughs as well, because he thinks that they are laughing because he did something funny. Charlie can't read or write because of his iq either. He wants to get smarter, and he can, with an operation.
Charlie had an operation to get a higher iq. It made his iq triple which made him extremely intelligent. He was constantly getting smarter everyday. He loved how smart he was at this point. He got his own laboratory and did his own research. He enjoyed reading and writing down everything he learned from research.
Ha ha! Look how bad he messed up! that was so easy to do!
Hey! You got a problem with him you will have to talk to me about it!
Algernon was seemed unusually disturbed and vicious and bit Charlie. Charlie was scared that it was Algernon losing his intelligence, so Charlie was scared. Algernon died and Charlie did a disection on his brain and found out his intelligence decreased. Charlie was very scared of what was going to happen to him. He tried to do as much research before what happened to Algernon happens to him.
Charlie's intelligence is going away because the operation was only temperamental. He sat in his room all day doing all the research he could till is low iq was fully back. He would always be depressed and alone and refused for people to go into his apartment. When Algernon died Charlie buried him and put flowers on his grave.
In the end Charlie's intelligence was completely gone. He asked for his job back as janitor and Mr. Donnegan let him back in. Someone made fun of him while he was working and Frank and Joe came and stood up for Charlie. Even though he has a low intelligence now he felt as if he had real friends. Charlie felt as if he had to leave New York completely. He didn't want everybody to feel bad for him and he went somewhere else to continue on with his life.
Wow I guess he really is my friend.
Knowledge isn't always more valuable than happiness. When Charlie wasn't smart he was happy all the time, but when he was intelligent he wasn't nearly as happy. He found out that he didn't have many actual friends and he found out what the real world is like.