After the operation, as he gains intelligence, Charlie's attitudes become much less naive and childlike. When the story opens, he wants nothing more than to please the people in his life, whom he treats as godlike adults.
As his intelligence grows, however, Charlie begins to develop a more a nuanced attitude toward other people. He realizes, for example, the extent to which the workmates he considered his friends made him the butt of cruel jokes. As a result, he begins to feel ashamed of his former self. Further, he no longer treats Miss Kinnian as a six-year-old might his adored elementary school teacher. She moves from an object of awe to a peer he can date and with whom he can have a romantic relationship.
Charlie also begins to discern that the scientists, particularly Dr. Nemur, are not the all-knowing gods he thought they were when he was mentally disabled. He starts to recognize Dr. Nemur's limitations and to realize that, because he is aging, Dr. Nemur has rushed into this...
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