The Destructive Nature Of Man Depicted In Keyes' Flowers For Algernon

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Imagine how you would feel if you were always being treated as though you were not human, or if people acted as though they created you. Well this is how you would feel if you were the subject of a science experiment. Science experiments should not be performed on humans or animals because of the unknown outcome. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes shows a destructive nature of man through stereotypes, absence of family, and the various IQ levels needed to mature.
Scientific experimentation shows a destructive nature of man through stereotypes. Stereotypes are cruel and heartless. “He makes the same mistakes as the others when they look at a feeble-minded person and laugh because they don’t understand there are human feelings involved. He doesn’t realise I was a person before I came here.” (Keyes, 145) Before the surgery Charlie was looked down upon because of his mental state. However, after the surgery he is treated like he was made by the scientists, as though he was their very own ‘Frankenstein’. This is a destructive nature of man because after the surgery Charlie finds out that his so called friends have been making fun of him his whole life. Stereotypes show a destructive nature of man. “People with mental illness are depicted as burdens to society and incapable of contributing in positive ways to their communities.” (Edney) Through this book the reader knows this statement is false, because Charlie is able to function fairly well in society, considering he has a job and he is doing very well there. Stereotypes show a destructive nature of man because they belittle people and make them feel worthless.
There is a destructive nature of man is shown in Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon through the absence of family. Scientific experimentation leads to a destructive nature of man through the absence of family. “mabey they woudn’t send me away no more if they see how smart I am.” (Keyes, 18) Charlie Gordon’s family had abandoned him many years ago due to his mental state. He wants to see them but is unable to find them at this point. This is a destructive nature of man because of the science experiment. After the surgery Charlie will expect his family to love him again because he will be smarter than he is now. Charlie will basically have a false hope of his family after the surgery. When there is an absence of family there...

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