Everyday mentally disabled people are treated differently than physically disabled people. These individuals will get treated differently than physically disabled people because some assume if they are disabled, they have to have a certain appearance. Some people will only become friends with a person that has physical disability because they feel bad for them, but that is not so much the case for mentally impaired people. In the book Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, Charlie’s so called “friends” at the bakery, are only friends with him because he does stupid things and it makes them laugh. Charlie starts out in the book with a low intelligence level, but gets an operation that make his intelligence level increase. Throughout the book there are many unique characters, the main character of the book is Charlie Gordon and the other main characters are Alice Kinnian, Burt Selden, Professor Nemur, Algernon, Dr. Strauss, his mom Rose, his dad Matt, and his sister Norma. In the book Norma and Charlie’s mom, Rose, treat Charlie differently because they dislike his low intelligence, Charlie’s childhood doctor, Dr. Guarino, is the only one that treats Charlie like he is human and makes him feel welcome anywhere when he was a child, and Professor Nemur treats Charlie like a lab rat. People who suffer with mental disabilities shall not be treated any differently from the average human. All throughout Charlie’s childhood he is treated differently by his family. Norma never wanted to play with Charlie because she was embarrassed by him, Rose yelled at him all the time and tries to deny that he has a low intelligence, and Matt would always just accept who he was and would not help him get better or stick up for him whenever he got yelled at by his mom. In Flowers For Algernon the quote, “She comes toward him, screaming that he is a bad boy, and Charlie runs to his father for help” (page 75) is an old memory Charlie is having of when he was little. His mom was yelling at him because he had an accident in his pants and it shows his fear when this all occurred. Norma was not kind to Charlie either, she disliked that her parents still gave him the most attention when she was succeeding in school and sometimes threw fits to get their attention. In the book, when Norma and Charlie were little, they were playing together in their basement and pretending that the lampshades they had on their heads were Chinese coolies and jumping on a mattress, but then Norma fell off and hit her head. She blamed this on Charlie because she was trying to get even with him from not being able to go to her best friends birthday party. Charlie did not have a good life growing up, he always got bullied and punished by his family for being different. While Charlie was growing up, his mom took him to see a doctor named Dr. Guarino who was willing to help Charlie with his disability. When Charlie was seeing Dr. Guarino, he made him feel normal and welcomed because he was the only person who treated him like he was an actual person when he was a child. The quote from Flowers for Algernon, “Just an accident, Mrs. Gordon. He was frightened the first time. But don’t blame him or punish him. I wouldn’t want him to connect punishment with coming here” (page 142) was when Charlie just had an operation done with Dr. Guarino and he had been frightened by what was going on and soon after had an accident in his pants. Mrs. Gordon saw the accident Charlie made and Dr. Guarino is telling her not to yell at or spank Charlie so he does not connect fear with this place the next time he comes back for more treatment. Dr. Guarino is kind-hearted person and wants Charlie to succeed in life and not be treated differently by any other kids and his family. In the book, Flowers for Algernon, when Charlie is working at the lab with the professors and doctors, Professor Nemur never treated Charlie like he is human and he only treats him like a lab rat. The quote, “Well, we decided to risk it with you because we felt there was a very little chance of doing you any serious harm, and we were sure there was a great chance of doing you some good” ( 218) is Professor Nemur’s way of trying to sound nice to Charlie, but he really does not care what affects the treatment has on him later in life. The only thing Professor Nemur cares about is making a name for himself in the science world nor does a human life have much value to him. At the party in Chicago before the convention, Professor Nemur did not like it when Charlie was proving him wrong with the experiment and making him feel inferior when he started becoming smarter. Nemur is fearful about Charlie becoming smarter than him and discrediting his own work. In the book what is being intended is that Professor Nemur has a low self-esteem for not treating Charlie like a normal human being, from the ways he treats everyone else. An argument for mentally disabled people are being treated differently than physically disabled people is, that they are able to have a family, raise their own kids, and graduate from high school or college is wrong. A person with a mental disability will always have to live knowing they have a mental impairment and think that they are different from everyone. For example, sometimes their own family will treat them differently than anyone else or if one of their family members happens to get mad at them, they will call the mentally disabled person out for having a disability. An example from the book is that Charlie works at the bakery and does not have kids or a wife. He has to work at the bakery because his parents did not want to continue raising him so his uncle had to take him and get him a job at the bakery because he has to have a way to make money for himself. Charlie also does not have a wife or any kids because people think he is abnormal. Mentally disabled people can live a way different life than normal people because of their challenges. The argument, mentally disabled people can still look normal and go about through daily life and have jobs of their own, but when they get to their home, they can act different and crumble up inside. This argument is wrong because, mentally impaired people do not always act normal, they sometimes talk themselves and do odd things, but that does not mean we should treat them any differently. The quote from Flowers for Algernon, “But I controlled myself, and by the time Strauss took the podium the impulse had passed (159).” This quote is about Charlie when he was at the convention and everyone knew he was normal now, but when Burt shows the old videos of Charlie to everyone at the convention, they all laugh. Charlie tries to keep calm but the people tease him and Charlie displays his anger by letting Algernon out of his cage and running back to the hotel with him. Many mentally disabled people will not act normal because of past experiences they have had.Mentally disabled people can get treated so bad for just doing little things like talking to themselves, getting mad at little things, or just being their self. For example, a person who has a handicapped license plate or a placard will get judged if they do not look physically disabled, even though they can be mentally impaired. You do not have to be just physically disabled to be handicapped and mentally disabled people can still do everyday things but with limitations. Also, some people will make fun of a person who has a mental disability and not realize it, but if they see a physically disabled person, they know better than to make rude comments about them. It is important that we understand the difference between being physically disabled and mentally disabled because these are two completely different things and people will get treated differently for each.