Anthony Burgess Essays

  • A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

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    Imagine having stolen, raped, and even murdered all at the age of 15. The new canon of dark literature and controversy has finally hit the stage. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess written in 1962 could only be described in the old cockney expression “queer as a clockwork orange”. Meaning it is bizarre internally, but appears natural on the surface. The story begins with the protagonist and narrator Alex a 15-year-old boy, who sets the bar for the most cold-blooded and callous characters of literature

  • Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange

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    nothing you can do about it. Anthony Burgess created this world through his novel, A Clockwork Orange. Anthony Burgess was born in 1917 and died in 1963. A lot of social changes occurred during this period of time, such as: the roaring twenties, prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and many more. Burgess not only lived through those changes, but also helped influences some social changes in literature and music. Anthony Burgess was a jack-of-all-trades throughout

  • The Life And Work Of Anthony Burgess

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    The Life and Work of Anthony Burgess "Autobiography: Story of one's life, written by oneself."(Halsey 64). Everyone knows what an autobiography is, but not so many people realize that although not all authors write a book that can be called a factual autobiography, many authors frequently allow personal, real life experiences to influence their fictional writings. An excellent example of such an author is Anthony Burgess. Anthony Burgess is recognized today as an English novelist, critic, essayist

  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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    Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange has been placed under much scrutiny by literary critics and readers everywhere. Furthermore, this highly criticized novel contains a myriad of ways to engage with the work, whether it is from the psychological or ethical perspective. Through College Literature Journal’s article “O My Brothers”, the unnamed author draws interesting connections between the main character’s development and how pseudo-families and pseudo- self plays a part on this said development

  • Abnormality In Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange

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    In Anthony Burgess’s “A Clockwork Orange,” the main character Alex is that of an abnormality. The society Alex lives in is a violent one based on what Anthony Burgess faced under a communist government in Russia and the ruthless groups of young delinquents that roamed around Russia and Britain. Through the use of violence in the novel and a rather unusual main character who is an evil protagonist, the novel shows the necessity of evil in human nature, and freedom. When Anthony Burgess lived in

  • Free Will In A Clockwork Orange, By Anthony Burgess

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    Anthony Burgess once said that “The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.” In his dystopian novella, Burgess discusses the topic of free will and reinforces the notion of moral choice and having the freedom to choose either good or evil. Alex starts off inherently evil, committing horrendous acts of terror, only to reveal change in the final chapter of the novel when

  • The Importance of Free Will in A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

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    signature question in Anthony Burgess’s novel, A Clockwork Novel that not only resonates with the moral identity of the anti-heroic protagonist, Alex, but also signifies the essential choice between free will that perpetrates evil and deterministic goodness that is forced and unreal. The prison chaplain and the writer F. Alexander voice the most controversial idea in the novel: man becomes ‘a clockwork orange’ when robbed of free will and tuned into a deterministic mechanism. Burgess points out the necessity

  • Dystopian Society In A Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burgess

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    The novel ‘A Clockwork Orange’ by Anthony Burgess is set in a dystopia, a society that cannot truly exist, and is usually a depiction of what the author believes the future will, heavily emphasizing negative aspects of society. The novel is set in an ultra-violent dystopia, in a society in where he government lacks power to control the youth who regularly terrorize the civilian populations. The author describes these gangs with great detail, using their slang (Nadsat) throughout the novel, and describes

  • The Role Of Language In Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange

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    The hypothesis means that human thoughts, perception, and actions are influenced by what language they speak, which is evident in Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, where the protagonist, Alex, commits heinous crimes and terrorizes the populace. Throughout the novel, Alex speaks Nadsat, a language created by mixing English, Russian, and other Slavic languages. While Nadsat seems

  • The Importance of Free Will in A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

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    the very thing that makes one human, which allows one to live and lead a different life from the other countless individuals in the world. The subject of the power to choose between good and evil and that of free will can be perfectly displayed in Anthony Burgess’s dystopian, philosophical novel, A Clockwork Orange. Free will is a continuous theme throughout the novel and one can see that the subject is prevalent. In the novel A Clockwork Orange, through the three stages of his life, personality

  • Freedom of Choice in Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange

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    “Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.” In the novel, A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, the protagonist, Alex is faced with many opportunities to make choices. Although the majority of Alex’s choices are bad, they are still choices. Alex’s freedom of choice is ripped from him when he becomes the subject of an experiment that forces him to make good choices, however, he is still the same bad person even through this control mechanism. It is only when

  • Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange

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    Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange Choice and free will are necessary to maintain humanity, both individually and communally; without them, man is no longer human but a “clockwork orange”, a mechanical toy, as demonstrated in Anthony Burgess’ novel, “A Clockwork Orange”. The choice between good and evil is a decision every man must make throughout his life in order to guide his actions and control his future. Forcing someone to be good is not as important as the act of someone choosing to be

  • 'Hyper-Violent Tendencies In Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange

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    Psychopathic and Hyper-Violent Tendencies in Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange Since it was published in 1962 Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange has been a staple in psychological literature. With the use of main character Alex; a teenager driven by psychological illness, as a plot motivator, the novel offers insight into the mind of the psychotic. It becomes obvious throughout the course of A Clockwork Orange that Alex is a psychopath. Alex is a charming and likeable individual yet lacks

  • Government Control and Free Will in "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess

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    A Clockwork Orange, a novel written by Anthony Burgess in the 1960’s takes place in dystopian future in London, England. The novel is about a fifteen year old nadsat (teenager) named Alex who along with his droogs (friends) commit violent acts of crime and opts to be bad over good. In time, Alex finds himself to be in an experiment by the government, making him unable to choose between good and evil, thus losing his ability of free will, and being a mere clockwork orange. A “clockwork orange” is

  • Free Will vs Determinism in A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

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    In Anthony Burgess’ 1962 dystopian novella, A Clockwork Orange, teenage gangs and hoodlums run rampid in a futuristic society, inflicting mayhem and brutality among its totalitarian governed state. Alex, our protagonist/anti-hero, is among the most infamous in this violent youth culture. A psychotic, yet devilishly intelligent boy of fifteen, our “humble narrator” beats up on old folk, rapes underaged girls, pillages, and leads his group of “droogs” (friends) on a chaotic path of “ultra-violence

  • Anthony Burgess and Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac

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    hard times, even when it hurts; and when things are going well, loyalty is a willingness to be outshone. Works Cited "Nicole Yatsonsky Quotes." Nicole Yatsonsky Quotes (Author of Summer Sun and Sand). N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. Burgess, Anthony, and Edmond Rostand. Cyrano De Bergerac. New York: Knopf, 1971. Print.

  • Social Institutions and Manipulation Exposed in A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

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    grasp of their parents, they begin to establish their own identity through decisions; however, their development of self-identification is frequently hindered by manipulation of societal institutions such as: justice system, religion, and media. Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, establishes the idea of freewill and how it is suppressed when Alex, the main protagonist, undergoes the manipulative Ludovico's technique, religious lectures, and social norms influenced by media- used to instill

  • Free Will in Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange

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    to be a man choosing wrong than a man who is forced to choose right? In the classic novel, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, a theme emerges. This is the theme of free will. Through the main character, Alex, Burgess is able to convey his ideas about free will and the oppressive nature of establishments such as governments and the media. Aside from these suggestions made by Burgess the question persists: When a man ceases to choose, is he still a man? Free will is one of the features that separates

  • Triumph of Free Will in Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange

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    capacity to understand morality and deny its practice. When society attempts to force goodness upon Alex, he becomes the victim. Through his innovative style, manifested by both the use of original language and satirical structure, British author Anthony Burgess presents in his novella A Clockwork Orange, the moral triumph of free will within the controlling hands of a totalitarian society. With the intention to install order and justice to protect human rights, society contrarily threatens human life

  • Free Essays - Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange

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    Clockwork Orange In Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, Burgess creates a gloomy future full of violence, rape and destruction. In this dystopian novel, Burgess does a fantastic job of constantly changing the readers’ allegiance toward the books narrator and main character, Alex. Writing in a foreign language, Burgess makes the reader feel like an outsider. As the novel begins, the reader has no emotional connection to Alex. This non-emotional state comes to a sudden halt when Alex and his droogs