In all three works, authority figures exercise power in ways that is destructive to the protagonists. In Romeo and Juliet, the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, which has gone on for so long that no one seems to know why they are fighting, destroys Romeo and Juliet, who love each other despite being from rival families. In Flowers for Algernon, Charlie Gordon becomes no more than a laboratory animal to Dr. Nemur and Dr. Strauss, who want to test a surgical technique that they believe will dramatically improve intelligence. Charlie gets involved without understanding the implications or the risks, and while his intelligence does increase remarkably, in the end, the experiment fails. This leaves Charlie to suffer the fate of knowing he will return to a mentally handicapped state. He is the victim of the scientists putting ambition ahead of compassion and prudence. In The Chrysalids, the fundamentalist leaders' insistence on destroying or exiling anyone who is not completely "normal" by their standards puts the protagonists at risk. Sophie, for example, has to hide her six toes on one foot, and David and the others with telepathy have to hide that abnormality or risk destruction.