Flowers for Algernon

Charlie states that he will "fight it" What does this statement illustrate about this character?


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In context, this quote speaks to Charlie's determination.... his wish not to revert back to the "old Charlie", to remain what he has become.

Why can’t I remember? I’ve got to fight. I lie in bed for days and I don’t know who or where I am. Then it all comes back to me in a flash. Fugues of amnesia. Symptoms of senility—second childhood. I can watch them coming on. It’s so cruelly logical.
I learned so much and so fast. Now my mind is deteriorating rapidly. I won’t let it happen. I’ll fight it. I can’t help thinking of the boy in the restaurant, the blank expression, the silly smile, the people laughing at him. No—please—not that again . . .


Flowers for Algernon