Charlie Gordon is 37 years old and has a intellectual disability,he thinks that an IQ level defines the value of a persons life. Every day he goes to a class where he tries his hardest to work on his intelligence specifically reading and spelling with his teacher,Miss Kinnian. Charlie tries very hard and he doesn't like test because all they do is remind him that he is dumb. Miss kinnian hears about a surgery that 2 doctors are doing to make people with mental disabilities smarter.
Miss Kinnian confronted Charlie about the operation and he jumped at the opportunity. Miss Kinnain spoke with the doctors and at first they were rebellious of using a human. Eventually they decided to do the operation on Charlie and it went well.
Charlie has had major improvement and his IQ level has sky rocketed. Charlie has to race with a rat name Algernon who has had the same operation has him and has to write progress reports to help date the progress due to the operation. Charlie has now became a genius and beats Algernon with ease. Charlie now understands the world more and has became more interested in fathering his intelligence.
Charlie loses his innocents in this part of his life. He learns that not everybody is for him because they keep you as there company. One day his friends had took him to the club and made fun of him and embarrassed him not knowing his new found intelligence and forced him to drink even though he doesn't. This day Charlie learned a valuable life lesson and also has gotten a new found love for Miss kinnain.
Algernon has regressed and lost knowledge. The doctors and Charlie exspect Charlie to regress just as Algernon. Later on Algernon dies and Charlie becomes very scared. He tries very hard to keep his information but he regresses to .
Charlie has regressed and has lost more knowledge than ever before. Charlie has became sad and almost everybody feels bad for him. Charlie decides to move because out of everybody he doesn't want Miss Kinnian to feel bad for him.