The Importance Of Humanity In A Clockwork Orange

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“He will be your true Christian” Humanity can be difficult to define. This is because it's hard to pinpoint a specific non-physical trait that differentiates humans from machines. Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, believes this trait is a person’s freedom to make conscious decisions. By taking away a person’s ability to choose between doing the right thing or the wrong thing, you also take away what makes them human. A Clockwork Orange creates a world documenting the decay of a person’s will to live and the loss of their humanity when their freedom of choice is taken away. Alex, the protagonist of A Clockwork Orange, is a textbook example of the bad boy stereotype. The night time, with sufficiently decreased police patrol, is his prime time. He and his “droogs” spend their nights assaulting citizens, robbing corner stores, and raping women. Unfortunately for Alex, on one of these nights, while robbing the home of an elderly woman, he is betrayed by his “droogs” and arrested by the police. His life is completely turned around. While in prison, he is frequently beaten by guards and has to fight off other inmates trying to sexually assault him. However, Alex escapes these threats by being chosen for a new correctional program for prisoners. This program, called Ludovico’s Technique, involves the…show more content…
This is because the only way to make the world 100 percent crime-free is to force people to make the right decision. By doing this, the government places social order above human rights. They would no longer be ruling people but rather non-mechanical robots who only look forward to death. If society became “perfect” with no crime there would be very little need for government. So in a sense by doing this the government would not only slowly be killing its people off but also itself. Human rights should always be placed above order because without rights like freedom of choice, life loses
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