Charlie Gordan is 37 years old. " My name is Charlie Gordan. I am 37 years old"(672). He goes to school at night, he can't process things normally. Charlie being like this makes it difficult. He can't process things as fast as a normal person can(672-674). "Im a slow reeder too in Miss kinnians class for slow adults but I'm trying very hard"(673). Charlie has an IQ of 68. He also has a job at a factory but people are signing a petition to get him fired. This shows an extirnal conflict between him and his peers. Do you think this problem will get fixed?
Dr. Strauss gave Charlie a test, an inkblot test. 1. Charlie had a hard time trying to comprehend the inkblot test and seeing what the picture was. 2. Miss. Kinnian told Charlie about an operation experiment that they wanted to try on him to make him smarter. "I told them becaus all my life i wantid to be smart and not dumb"(674). 3. Charlie was told that the operation was only going to be temporary and he was okay with it. "They said you know it will probly be tempirery. I said yes"(674).
Charlie knew that the operation wouldn't work because of the way Algernon was. Algernon got the same operation done on him that Charlie got done on him. Algernon the mouse was smart and not vicious at all until one day, he bit Charlie. "It happened today. Algernon bit me"(702). After this, Charlie got sad because he knew for a fact that a the experiment would only be temporary. "Suddenly, time has become very important to me"(703).
Charlie is starting to forget the thing he has learned throughout this operation. 1. He knew people would start picking on him again. 2. Through everything that Charlie went through to be intelligent all of that is fading away. "I'm forgetting things that i learned recently"(707). 3. Charlie realized that when he wasn't so smart why people laughed at him. He saw this happen to a boy that was just like him and then he suddenly realized why people laugh at him. This also made Charlie open his eyes because him knowings he's going to get the same treatment again made him sad. "No---please---not that again..."(707).
Charlie is going somewhere where no one knows him. "Thats why Im going away from New York for good"(711). He didn't want to be somewhere where someone once knew him as a genius and now know him as someone who can't learn or remember things properly. He wanted to be somewhere where nobody knew of him and that he once was smart but now he can't even write good or even read a book. Hopefully, a new place will be better for Charlie and he won't get picked on for the way they are.
In this short story, there could be many different themes. One important theme is you will always be you and no one can change it. You may try to change but in the end,you will never be able to change the person you were born to be. People may not like the way you are, they may laugh at you but in the end, you are unique in your own way. You're not brought into this world to impress anyone but yourself and in this story, Charlie tried to change but he was never abkle to because he was born to be the way he was before the operation.