In "Flowers for Algernon", what does Charlie realize for the first time at the work party?
Before his operation, Charlie believed that the men at the bakery were his friends. This is shown when Joe Carp and Frank Reilly take Charlie to a bar. They get him drunk, make fun of him and then abandon him, leaving him alone to try to find his way home. As Charlie's IQ increases, he begins to understand the real motivations behind Joe and Frank's "friendship". They have really been taking advantage of a man who was mentally challenged. After this, Charlie begins to get promoted at work but this makes his so-called friends nervous and they sign a petition to get Charlie fired.