In the story "Flowers for Algernon," how do the scientists talk about Charlie?

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In the story "Flowers for Algernon," the scientists see Charlie not as a man but as a test subject much like the mouse.  The reader can see this in the way they approach Charlie; they tell him what to do about everything, but don't allow him a choice in anything.  They have him race against Algernon, which is humiliating for Charlie to lose to a mouse, but the scientists don't consider his feelings at all.  Miss Kinnian is the only one who really pays any attention to Charlie's feelings and tries to tell the scientists to have a little more empathy for someone with so few skills but such a great heart.  The scientists are much more concerned with what Charlie can learn from their great experiment and how they will be honored for their achievements.  Charlie the person doesn't really figure into their calculations at all.

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