The idea of choice is introduced at the beginning of each of the novella’s three sections, with the quote: “What’s it going to be then, eh” (9). Each quote, used in three different contexts, gives Alex the ability to choose his fate, and what to make of that choice. The first act of the novella follows Alex’s life as this conniving thief, to which he explains his reasonings:
This biting of their toe-nails over what is the cause of badness is what
turns me into a fine laughing malchick. They don't go into the cause of goodness, so
why the o...
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