"Flowers for Algernon" tells the story of a simple man with a low IQ named Charlie Gordon who receives the opportunity to undergo an operation to increase his intelligence. When he is offered the chance to participate in the procedure, his attitude towards the two supervising doctors, Dr. Strauss and Dr. Nemur, is an overwhelming eagerness to please. He wants to get smarter so that his friends and acquaintances will like him more.
As Charlie's intellectual acuity increases after the operation, his feelings change toward the doctors. He begins to resent their condescending attitude towards him. Although his intelligence has increased remarkably, they continue to see him as a laboratory subject rather than a unique human being. When the doctors take him to the International Psychological Association convention, Charlie's resentment erupts into anger. By this time, his intelligence has surpassed that of Dr. Strauss and Dr. Nemur, and he realizes that their findings concerning the permanence of the surgery results are incomplete.
Charlie's feelings about the doctors evolve into contempt and condemnation. Ultimately, though, as Charlie conducts his own research, he realizes that they are just imperfect men who are unaware of the answers to the questions they are asking. He eventually has an opportunity to explain to them that intellect without human affection is worthless.