Exposition Charlie Gordon is a 37-year-old male who lives in New York City. He works as a janitor at a plastic box company. Charlie has many friends, and he loves his job. All Charlie's life he wanted to be smart, but he does not have the mental capacity to become smart."I want to be smart like other people," page 3.
I JUST WANT TO BE SMART!
Rising Action Charlie gets the most amazing opportunity of his life. He is going to have brain surgery to become smart and double his IQ. Charlie has to take special tests to track his progress, and then he meets another patient that had the surgery too. But the patient is a pet mouse named Algernon. Algernon was so smart, and he would always beat Charlie in the tests. "That test made me feel worser than all the others because the did it over 10 times with different amazeds and Algernon won every time." Page 2.
Climax Algernon's attitude changed towards Charlie and the doctors. He became very aggressive and ended up dying. Charlie was really upset about Algernon's death. Charlie is now coming to realization that he might end up like Algernon, becoming aggressive and may lead to death. "Algernon died two days ago. His brain decreased in weight and there was a general smoothing out of cerebral convulsions as well as deepening and broadening of brain fissures." Page 18.
Charlie! I wanted to make sure you were okay.
Falling Action Charlie's brain is starting to deteriorate (just like Algernon's did) and he is becoming more emotional. He can not understand what he wrote in his last journal entries. Charlie is trying to hold on to some of the things that he has learned, but he can't remember what he had learned in the last couple of months. "Deterioration processing. I have become absent-minded. Now that it's definite, I don't want it to happen." Page 18.
Resolution Charlie has lost most of the things he learned, and he has decided to leave New York because he doesn't want everyone to know that he is dumb again. "Thats why Im going away from New York for good. I dont want to do nothing like that agen. 1m going someplace where nobody knows that Charlie Gordon was once a genus and now he cant even reed a book or rite good." Page 22.