Flowers for Algernon (Persuasive) Essay

1363 Words Dec 28th, 2006 6 Pages
Society has become a shallow place. If an individual does not fit into societies form of the normal person then they are treated differently. But does society treat those who are different in a negative or positive way? In the novel Flowers for Algernon, the author Daniel Keyes shows an in depth look at the treatment of individuals in today's society. Firstly society tends to discriminate against those whose IQ does not fit into the norms of our society. The physically handicapped in today's world are not considered to be "equal" as those who fit into the normal physical appearance, Keyes portrays this through Charlie's thoughts while in the café. Although animals are not technically humans society treats them in ways which no human would …show more content…
Keyes makes this point in Flowers For Algernon when Charlie makes this realization in the cafe when they mentally challenged boy drops the tray of dishes and everyone in the restaurant taunts him. "How strange it is that people of honest feelings and sensibility, who would not take advantage of a man born without arms or legs or eyes- how such people think nothing of abusing a man born with low intelligence." (Keyes 139). This quote depicts how if someone can not comprehend how you are mocking them then they do not deserve to be treated as human beings. Although some people have physical disabilities they still have feeling and can comprehend everything you are saying, they have the same complexity of mind as the average person and sometimes even more so. Just because they may look different, doesn't mean that they are different, and society should respect that. Those who are mentally challenged do not understand how they are being treated so what is the harm in making a mentally handicapped person happy by making them believe that you are their friends? They do not know the difference and therefore they will not get upset by it, they enjoy themselves and that is what matters. Keyes shows this during Charlie's drunken argument with Professor Nemur. Charlie states, " I wish I never had the experiment because now I know how people make fun of me." (Keyes 192). It is human nature to notice

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