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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 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...

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