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A factor of isolation can be
approaching the conscious realization of negative surroundings. Algernon discusses how individuals take comfort
in solitude after advanced comprehension allows them to understand prior,
unbeknownst, circumstances. Charlie, the protagonist, separates from society
after realizing his friends “Joe and Frank and the others liked to have him around just to make fun of him.” Charlie
feels sick “like getting punched and heartburn at the same time” and decides to
stay secluded in his apartment even though he has never before missed worked. Charlie
is unable to cope with the realization that he is being pilloried by his
so-called friends because, prior to his operation, he believed that “Frank Reilly
laffed with him” and “rlly liked him.”
 Cognizant of his misjudgment,
Charlie becomes miserable, believing that isolation from his friends will spare
him from the fabricated reality he lived in for years (Keyes 172). Charlie
produced a false concept of friendship and was happy living his conjured lie.

His advancement shattered this happiness and further humiliates him as he
realizes he never had friends. Furthermore, he is warned, by Dr. Nemur, that he
will encounter more problems as his intelligence increases because his
“intellectual growth is going to outstrip his emotional growth” (Keyes 47). Initially,
he doesn’t dwell on the consequences of his artificially heightened intelligence
but comes to realize his detachment from the world. Charlie’s intelligence
doubles at a faster rate compared to his emotional growth; this causes him to
feel insecure with the person he has become. Charlie begins to resent writing
progress reports as he believes “it’s getting harder him
to write down all of histhoughts and feelings because he knows
people are reading them.” Before his operation, Charlie. did not
understand the logistics of the world around him; after the operation, he is
bombarded with a myriad of emotions that he cannot process. Unfamiliar emotions
force him to separate from society because he doesn’t know a course of action
to take if he is judged for the thoughts in his progress reports. Charlie’s
isolation stems from no longer having the ability to ignore negatives, because
his newfound intelligence allows him to experience the downfalls of life he
never familiarized with. Algernon characterizes
how the convoluted nature of intellect thrusts solitude upon an individual, and
thus results in an unhappy life as they are reserved from society.

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