"Its true, Charlie. You are already better reader than I am ... and you remember every single thing you read. pg 12
"This intelligence had driven a wedge me and all the people I once knew and loved." pg 13
Charlie, a mentally disabled man, is selected as the first human test subject for a surgery to increase intelligence. The surgery had been successful on a mouse named Algernon. Charlie wanted the operation because he wanted to become smart.
"I put Algernon's body in a cheese and buried him on the backyard, I cried...I,ve got to hold on to some of it. Some things Ive learned. Oh, God, please dont take it all away. pg 19
Rising action: Charlie has the operation and it is a success and he handwriting is improving and reading is getting so much better.
Charlie also begins to have trouble relating with his coworkers, teachers, and doctors. As he gets smarter, he realizes that his coworkers were never really his friends and made fun of him. It gets to the point where his coworkers plan to get him fired and when Charlie finds out, he quits.
"Goodbye Miss Kinnian and Dr Strauss and everybody...P.P.S. Please if you get a chanse put ome flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard."pg 22
Algernon loses his intelligence and dies and Charlie realizes that his own intelligence is also fading. The brain surgery had a flaw and Charlie names it the Algernon-Gordon effect. At first, he fights it, but as his intelligence is slipping, he decides the most important thing is to fix the broken relationships in his life in the time that he has left.
Charlie finds that it is too late to rebuild the relationships with his parents because his mother slapped him in the face when he was little because of his father who ran away with another woman...was never there to help take care. He also tries to go back to his old job, but finds that he can’t stand being pitied by his coworkers.
"When I asked my mother she slapped me in the face and said my father was dead." pg 20
As his intelligence falls, Charlie remembers that he used to be smart and that it is too painful to be around people who knew him both ways. He decides to leave his hometown to go to New York where nobody would know that he had been smart. In the end, he sends a letter to his teacher and asks her to put flowers on Algernon’s grave.