Flowers For Algernon:Do We Have The Right To Change Other People’s Lives?

This is a good book, you should read it.

Book Name: Flowers for Algernon

Author: Daniel Keyes


Scientific experiments claiming to transform intelligence have led to a breakthrough in the white rat Algernon, and human experiments are urgently needed as the next step.
Charlie Gordon, a mentally challenged man with a kind personality and a positive attitude toward learning, became the perfect candidate.
After the successful surgery, Charlie’s IQ jumped from 68 to 185, but emotions and memories that never existed before also gradually emerged.

Book Review:

It was only after reading it that the significance of Plato’s Ideal State, quoted at the beginning of the volume, dawned on me: “Those who have some common sense will remember that there are two kinds of confusion of the eye, and from two causes, either because of coming out of the light or because of coming out of the light ……… …He may want to mock the soul that comes into the light from the underworld, but that’s better than mocking the person who returns from the world of light to the cave of darkness.”

Algernon is a mouse, the main character Charlie. Gordon is an adult with an IQ of 68, they are used as test subjects in an experiment that can “become smart”. Charlie’s IQ jumped from 68 to 185 when he was still a child mentally and emotionally, he felt more pain than ever before, he remembered the past, he was ridiculed, insulted, and not treated as a human being. He originally thought that “many people laughed at me, but they were my friends and we were happy.”

Now he has no friends, he has changed from the original kind-hearted retard to a conceited and proud genius, and feels that the original self did not leave, but now the clever self just occupies the original shell.

The experiment eventually failed, Charlie changed back to his original appearance, and Algernon also passed away. I don’t want to call it just science fiction, it has the light of humanity.

Can human intelligence be improved through science? Is it unethical? Does it do more good than harm or more harm than good to those who are less capable? The book uses the Biblical Adam and Eve lost their right to eternal life after stealing the forbidden fruit to express the view of most people in the book: that man should not change his innate intelligence or he will suffer punishment.

Charlie in Algernon died, intelligence has degenerated, he built a tombstone for Algernon, gave it a bouquet of flowers, it is a smart mouse. But what about after Charlie’s death, will anyone offer him a bouquet? They are all Algernon.

The book is presented in a diary style, a progress report that allows us to visualize the changes in Charlie, from the initial typos to the highs and lows to the typos again, without the sense of the incongruity of the first person brought in, strongly showing the changes brought about by an experiment.


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