By: Mia Castillo
Before the Operation
The next trait he had was he was motivated. He had such a crave to be smart. “Miss Kinnian says maybe they can make me smart. I want to be smart” (Keyes 33). He wants to be smart like everyone else. His teacher, Miss Kinnian is telling him that with the scientific experiment maybe they could make Charlie smart like he wants to be.
After the Operation
Charlie finally got his wish and became smarter from doing the operation because it worked. It showed because he got better at spelling, punctuation, reading, and writing. “I know punctuation and I can spell good. I like to look up all the hard words in the dictionary and I remember them. I’m reading a lot now, and Miss Kinnian says I read very fast,” (Keyes 44).
Another way Charlie changed after the operation was he finally realized things he didn't k ow before. “I never knew that Joe and Frank and the others liked to have me around all the time to make fun of me. Now I know what it means when they say “to pull a Charlie Gordon” I’m ashamed” (Keyes 44). Charlie finally realized that his “friends” were never really his friends. They just talked to him to make fun of him. Since Charlie wasn’t very smart they used his name for whenever someone made a mistake.