presented as the journal of a young mentally retarded man wishing to become smarter to win friends and respect and fulfil his emotionally abusive mother's wishes.
New surgical technique that has worked for lab mouse Algernon is used and his journal charts his progress as his language skills and intelligence grow
Discovers that his previous friencs were actually mocking him and life is lonely for him as a genius.
as his intellect surpasses the academics working with him he becomes disillusioned, and also makes the discovery that the treatment's effect is only temporary
the journal charts the rise and fall of his 'super-genius' personality
becomes an illustration of the temporary nature of all our own growth, learning and achievements