In "Flowers for Algernon", was Charlie a good choice for the artificial intelligence experiment? Why? Or why not? Please help!

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Yes, Charlie was a good choice for the artificial intelligence experiment. As the people around him note, he is highly motivated to learn and has a cheerful disposition. He also wants very much to please other people.

The problem with the experiment is not with Charlie Gordon or Algernon—both are...

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Yes, Charlie was a good choice for the artificial intelligence experiment. As the people around him note, he is highly motivated to learn and has a cheerful disposition. He also wants very much to please other people.

The problem with the experiment is not with Charlie Gordon or Algernon—both are good subjects. The trouble is that the scientists have plunged in too soon, especially in experimenting on a human subject. The desire for both glory and knowledge overwhelms their better judgment. As Charlie realizes too late, only after he is highly intelligent and about to lose his high IQ, they were too willing to see him as lab mouse like Algernon rather than a human being who could be badly harmed if the experiment went wrong.

Of course, the experiment does go wrong, and it is up to the reader to decide if it was better for Charlie to have had the experience of being intelligent or not.

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Charlie might make a perfect candidate for the experiment because as Dr. Strauss Strauss says, "he said that [Charlie] had good motor-vation," and he has "an eye-Q of 68" (7). Professor Nemur says that "most people of his low ment** [mentality] are host** [hostile] and uncoop** [uncooperative] they are usally [usually] dull and apathet**" but realizes that Charlie "has a good natcher [nature] and he's intristed [interested] and eeger [eager] to pleese [please]" (7).

Charlie has also learned to read and write--incredible for his "low mental age" (7). Charlie is so good natured, he doesn't care about the fame of being great for science, but he wants to be smart "like other people" so he can have lots of friends who like him (9).  

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