Flowers for Algernon.
In the short story “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, the
main character Charlie Gordon has an IQ of 68 and desires to become
intelligent. He is chosen to undergo an operation to increase his
intelligence level to 204, however he is unaware of the consequences
that may follow. His experiment is not worth the risk because he
realizes that humans can be cruel, the experiment is not permanent, and he loses his friends
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Charlie Gordon reaches his peak IQ of 204 realizing
too late the risks involved in the experimental operation. Along the way
he realizes that people who are mentally challenged are treated
differently. He then quickly realizes the operation only lasts a short
period. Finally Charlie is abandoned by his friends and he fired from
his job. Therefore because of Charlie’s rapid increase and decrease in
intelligence it is evident he loses more then he gains.