Clockwork Orange Summary Analysis Essay
Of the fifty books Anthony Burgess wrote, this satiric, futurist novel surely is the most famous. It was popularized by the controversial film adaptation made by Stanley Kubrick in 1971. The book speaks to the social and political concerns of its times—random violence by teenagers, crime and punishment, scientifically engineered rehabilitation, and the power of the state over the individual. The novel is autobiographical, in that it concerns a writer whose wife was raped and brutalized by a gang of thugs. Burgess’ own wife, Lynne, was beaten by American soldiers while pregnant, lost the child, and could never have another. Reared as a Roman Catholic in Protestant England, Burgess was sensitive to Catholic notions of sin and redemption and to the importance of free will.
Philosophically, the novel is about moral choices, and each section begins with the question, “What’s it going to be then, eh?” There is satiric justice in Alex’s choices and their consequences. Science is able to change Alex by a process of psychological and moral castration, but the “cured” Alex can survive only in an orderly, neutered world of automatons. The transformed Alex is an “innocent,” discharged into a world that is still brutal and corrupt.
The novel is a satirical allegory in the guise of science fiction. Burgess satirizes scientists who remove themselves from ethical and moral issues in the service of a politically corrupt police state. The novel shows forcefully that there are no easy answers to complex questions involving the nature of good and evil or crime and punishment. Alex is shaped by the brutal technological world he inhabits. The psychological reasoning that motivates his violence and the perverse, sadistic pleasure he derives from it are not fully investigated. There is no attempt made to alter Alex’s beliefs, only to change into pain the pleasure he derives from violent sadism. Science is interested only in achieving results that will be beneficial to society and cares nothing about the individual in this dystopia.
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Analysis of Clockwork Orange
The film, “A Clockwork Orange,” is, to me, an almost exact replica of today’s society. Basically, one kid, who seems to have come from a financially sound home and community, goes through about three stages--1. He violates the laws society has set forth to maintain order. 2. He is caught and punished for his crimes against society. 3. He feels remorse for his violence and sexually deviance (although, at the end of the film, he’s back to his old, delinquent self).
The main character, Alex, is shown as a typical juvenile offender. He is shown in such a comparable manner not because all juvenile offenders are out robbing, rapping, and murdering people…show more content…
For example, I picked on a lot of other kids because I was in the “cool” crowd. I know now that what I did was wrong, but even to this day I can be excited by others and do things that I wouldn’t normally do by myself.
The neighborhood in which the crimes Alex and his social group were committing seemed very nice. People were skeptical after dark, but still were trustworthy enough to offer assistance when Alex told them he was in a terrible accident. The houses were beautiful, and the area seemed to have a low crime rate. Out in California there have been rich kids who go around killing, or raping people, and they have world of opportunities ahead of them, they just choose a different path.
In jail, Alex was beaten by the guards. This often happens in our jails here in America. If you disrespect the guards, you’re in big trouble. If you don’t disrespect the guards, you could still be in big trouble. Alex was given a chance to get off with a lighter sentence if he was a participant in an experiment to rehabilitate him. This is a perfect example of differential association, which is the process of social interaction by which definitions favorable and unfavorable to deviation are taught and learned.
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