What is Charlie's personality like before he has surgery in "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes?  

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Before Charlie Gordon has surgery to dramatically improve his intelligence, he is depicted as a simple-minded, friendly individual who is harmless and outgoing. As a mentally disabled man, Charlie believes that his coworkers are his genuine friends and is not able to tell that he is being used as the butt of everyone's jokes. Charlie naively believes that his coworkers are laughing with him instead of at him.

In addition to his naive, simple-minded personality, Charlie is also ambitious and driven. Unlike the other candidates for the brain surgery, Charlie's willingness to learn and become smarter differentiates him from the...

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