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Flowers for Algernon

            A wise man once stated, " Everyone must row with the oars he has.
             In other words, each individual is bounded to the life he has been dealt and predisposed to both hardships and conviences. Althougth, one's life may seem to be more riddled with foibles than blessed with lavishing luxuries it is the hand that was bestowed upon him and reguardless should not be altered. Every individual whether reguarded as blessed or viewed as less fortunate tends to see the grass on the other side of the hill as greener. One literary work which validates this statement is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, inwhich Charlie Gordon experiences the parallels and differences of life as a "moron," compared to that of a "genuis.".
             The novel by Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon, is set in New York City during the mid-1960s, Charlie Gordon, characterized as an affable, benevolent and eager to please mentally retarded man, is recommended by Alice Kinnian, a teacher at the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults, to undergo an experimental surgery to increase his intelligence because she was impressed by the motivation he displayed. However, while Charlie is recovering at the hospital Hilda, his chatty nurse, said that maybe they have no right in altering Charlie's intelligence because if God had wanted it that way he would have created him with brains."And what about Adem and Eev and the sin with the tree of nowlege and eating the appel and the fall. And mabey Prof Nemur and Dr Strauss was tampiring with things they got no rite to tampir with, ( Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, pg 12)." Fanny from the bakery would also agree, " If you'd read your Bible, Charlie, you'd know that it's not meant for man to know more than was given to him to know by the Lord in the first place. It was evil when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge. It was evil when they saw they was naked, and learned about lust and shame.

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