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Identity In A Clockwork Orange Essay

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Identity: In A Clockwork Orange

Identity is a common theme in A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess; it also takes many forms both physical and mental. The main character, Alex, is subject to much change/adaptation to his identity. At the start of the book he is a young 15 year old youth who love nothing but as he describes it a night of ‘ultra violence’ yet by the end of the novella after serious scrutiny and manipulation on behalf of the state Alex is somewhat transformed into somewhat of a role model to the youth in the dystopian world Burgess has created who despises violence and the very thought of it makes him sick, or does it? In this essay I am going to discuss: How Burgess ...view middle of the document...

However when Alex knocks on the door of the house of F. Alexander and his wife Alex switches his language to become formal and polite. We can see this when he addresses F. Alexander’s wife by saying ‘Pardon, madam’. This shows how manipulative Alex can be when he needs to be. The tone of the extract also changes with the language Burgess at the start of the extract describes the outside by saying ‘Soon it was winter trees and dark’, this particular phrase adds a mysterious element to the extract because in the winter everything seems shadowy especially in the dark and dodgy business always happens in the dark of night. However when Alex and his droogs stop the car the come to a place called ‘home’ this should lighten the mood of the extract but if anything makes it more tense and mysterious because the place you call home is somewhere that you are meant to feel safe but as we know from Alex’s personality and the way he conducts himself he is going to take the safety away from F. Alexander in his usual dark and ultra-violent ways.
We also see Alex’s identity as the leader of the group as he always refers to them as ‘my’ droogs suggesting to the reader that Alex sees the group as his more than anything. He also uses words like ‘ordering’...

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