Clockwork Orange Essay

1071 words - 5 pages

A Clockwork Orange
The movie starts out with the boys sitting around drinking in the bar. When Alex and his gang leave the bar, they go on a crime spree that involves mugging, robbery, a gang fight, auto theft, breaking and entering, and rape. The boys travel to the countryside with their stolen car, break into a cottage and beat up the man inside before raping his wife while making him watch. They then head back to the Korova, where they fight with each other. Alex, who loves classical music, becomes angry at Dim when Dim ridicules an opera that Alex likes. Alex punches Dim in the face, which encourages the others to turn against their arrogant leader. The next time they go out, they break ...view middle of the document...

He can no longer enjoy classical music, which he has always associated with violence. Alex’s successful treatment a victory for law and order and plans to instrument it on a large scale.
After two years in prison, Alex is released, a harmless human being incapable of vicious acts. His old friend Dim and an old enemy named Billy boy are both police officers now, and they take the opportunity to settle old scores. They drive him to a field in the country, beat him, and leave him in the rain. Alex wanders to a nearby cottage and knocks on the door, begging for help. The man living there lets him in and gives him food and a room for the night. He recognizes him from two years ago as the man whose wife he raped, but the man does not recognize Alex, who wore a mask that night. Alex learns later in the night that the man’s wife died of shock shortly after being raped.
This man, F. Alexander, is a political nonconformist. When he hears Alex’s story, he thinks he can use him to provoke public outrage against the State. He and three of his colleagues develop a plan for Alex to make several public appearances. Alex is tired of being exploited for other people’s schemes. He rebukes the men in nadsat, which arouses the suspicion of F. Alexander, who still remembers the strange language spoken by the teenagers who raped his wife. Based on F. Alexander’s suspicion, the men change their plans. They lock Alex in an apartment and blast classical music through the wall, hoping to drive Alex to suicide so they can blame the government.
Alex jumps out of the attic window, but the fall doesn’t kill him. While he lies in the hospital, unconscious, a political struggle arises, but the current administration survives. State doctors undo Ludovico’s Technique and restore Alex’s old vicious self in exchange for Alex’s endorsement. Back to normal, Alex assembles a new gang and engages in the same behavior as he did before prison, but he soon begins to tire of a life of violence. After running into his old friend...

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