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Clockwork Orange Essay

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A Clockwork Orange Republished in 1986, the novella A Clockwork Orange written by the late Anthony Burgess, depicts the trials of morality a fifteen year old boy named Alex must endure as he chooses his path through his wild and reckless teenage years. Communicating with one-another through there own teenage slang known as nadsat, (everyday words replaced with nonsense words) a gang of teenage "street-punks" (or as they refer to themselves, droogs) command the nightlife, free-wheeling and terrorizing anything and everything they get their sights upon. Alex, a devotee to classical music, (especially to Beethoven's 9th) is the "ring-leader" of the local ...view middle of the document...

Upon his release from prison, Alex no longer has a choice whether or not he wants to "do the ultra-violent on some shivering starry grey-haired ptitsa" (2) for the serum is now in control of making sure he does nothing naughty. Needless to say, karma comes back to haunt Alex with a vengeance, as victims he once terrorized on the streets now come up to him and beat him mercilessly. His old droogies (who have join up with the millicents) seemingly come to his aide as the law-enforcement, but end up doing what they do best, beat him without just cause"¦ for old-times sake. As it starts to rain, Alex stumbles to a nearby house, pleading for help and refuge from a vengeful world. When Alex awakens the next morning, he quietly realizes that he had stumbled in the direction of a house he had once victimized with his ex-droogs almost three years prior. The owner of the house, and elderly man by the name of F. Alexander, does not recognize Alex, because the night of the incident, Alex had worn a mask. For helping Alex, Alexander requested a favor in return, for Alex to speak-out against the treatment he himself had endured. Shortly after that conversation, Alexander finds out Alex's true identity, and plots vengeance. Alex is drugged, and then awakens in a room where loud classical music is provided to him in abundance (as I stated earlier, along with the treatment, the doctors accidentally made it so that classical music would have an excruciating, nauseating effect on Alex). As Alex screams for mercy, his pleas are ignored, and feeling as though suicide would be better than a life where he has no moral choice, Alex jumps out the window. Fortunately, Alex lives by being given a blood transfusion - which not only saves his life, but also gives him control of his...

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