A Clockwork Orange Essays

  • A Clockwork Orange

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    A Clockwork Orange Authors who write of other times and places help us to better understand our own lives. Discuss A Clockwork Orange in terms of that statement. A “clockwork orange” can be described as something that has a convincing outer appearance yet in the inside is merely controlled by outer influences, such as a clock set in motion by its owner. In A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess takes us into the future where violent criminals are forced to be “good,” and introduces us to Alex, a young

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    the way in which the board perceived A Clockwork Orange. However, at the beginning of the 1960s, this sense of post war liberalisation received a strong backlash and began raising questions regarding the direction in which art was going. These questions started be asked more frequently and by the time A Clockwork Orange was released, they managed to shed a negative light on the ideas presented in the movie. If the social context into which A Clockwork Orange was released did not help aid its cause

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    “A man who cannot choose ceases to be a man.”—Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange is a novel about moral choice and free will. Alex’s story shows what happens when an individual’s right to choose is robbed for the good of society. The first and last chapters place Alex in more or less the same physical situation but his ability to exercise free will leads him to diametrically opposite choices—good versus evil. The phrase, “what’s it going to be then, eh?,” echoes throughout the book; only at the

  • A Clockwork Orange

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    Sitting in the Korova milk bar, the four droogs prepare for their evening on the town.  The dimly lit bar, which served milk spiked with the drug of your choice, was host to the strange and bizarre of London's criminal subculture.  The four outlandish gang members shared a booth, scanning the milkbar, vultures looking for the latest in decayed cuisine.  They wore what they deemed "the height of fashion", black tights, lapel-less waistcoats, and derbies with the mandatory cane accompaniment

  • A Clockwork Orange

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    A Clockwork Orange Eat this sweetish segment or spit it out. You are free.& -Anthony Burgess Anthony Burgess has been heralded as one of the greatest literary geniuses of the twentieth century. Although Burgess has over thirty works of published literature, his most famous is A Clockwork Orange. Burgess’s novel is a futuristic look at a Totalitarian government. The main character, Alex, is an "ultra-violent" thief who has no problem using force against innocent citizens to get


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    Many of us like to think that humanity as a whole is progressing to a better future where we will live united and in peace with one another, a time of a more enlightened society. But there are those among us that do not share these beliefs. In A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, the futuristic world is displayed as a world turned upside down and in shambles. This 1962 classic is a frightful depiction of what our society could become and possibly what it already is. Drugs almost seem to be legal and

  • A Clockwork Orange

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    A Clockwork Orange We are first introduced to Alex (Malcolm McDowell) in the company of his posse, strangely sipping drugged milk in a freakish bar with anatomically indiscrete manikins serving as tittie-taps and tables. The ensuing scenes flash from Alex and his three droogs brutally beating an old man to a violent rape scene to a semi-chaotic gang-brawl. The story is of Alex and his love of the old ultra-violence, his act of murder, his betrayal and imprisonment, and his cure (twice). Adapted

  • Clockwork Orange

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    "A ClockWork Orange" The picture opens to a close up of an eye with a peculiar long eyelash. The camera fades back onto the face of a young gentlemen, he begins to narrate: "There was me, that is Alex. And my three droogs (friends), that is Pete, Georgy and Dim. And we sat at the karuba milk bar trying to make up our plans for the evening…" For those of you who don’t know this famous opening scene, I am talking about the movie "A Clockwork Orange". This movie, In my opinion, Is one of the greatest

  • A Clockwork Orange

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    I think that A Clockwork Orange is a book worth reading because it is relatable, makes you think, and is interesting. The author, Anthony Burgess, was born February 25, 1917. At the young age of two his mother passed away. He was brought up by his aunt and later his stepmother. Even with such an unstable childhood Burgess continued on to enroll in college and major in English. He had a passion for music, which he expressed in the main character of A Clockwork Orange. Burgess wrote several accomplished

  • A Clockwork Orange

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    Clockwork Orange There have been many books published solely on philosophy, and many more than that solely written about human nature, but very infrequently will a book be published that weaves these fields together as well as A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess.  In this Book Burgess speculated on the fact “the significance of maturing by choice is to gain moral values and freedoms.”  He achieved this task by pushing his angsty teenaged character, Alex, through situations that challenge the

  • Clockwork Orange

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    Clockwork Orange The freedom of choice and the rehabilitating form of corrections encase the realm of A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess. It produces the question about man's free will and the ability to choose one's destiny, good or evil. "If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange-meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil or State". Burgess expresses

  • Morality In A Clockwork Orange

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    In the novel A Clockwork Orange, the main character, Alex, is introduced as a fifteen year old with an uncanny vision for the life he so desires. As most teenagers do, Alex firmly believes that he knows all there is to know about the world, and believes that he and his “droogs” (Burgess, 5) have what it takes to wreak havoc on society. However for Alex, it is his actions that speak louder than his words, and it is his horrifying yet vivid criminal acts, that show that he is a soul without regard

  • Analysis of A Clockwork Orange

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    Interpretation of A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, is one of the most experimental, original, and controversial novels of the twentieth century. It is both a compelling work of literature and an in-depth study in linguistics. The novel is a satirical, frightening science fiction piece, not unlike others of this century such as George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four or Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. However, the conflicts and resolutions in A Clockwork Orange are more philosophical

  • Marginalization In A Clockwork Orange

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    Brazil. In Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, the effects of the marginalization of socioeconomically unprivileged people are depicted through behavior and psychological tendencies. These effects on the marginalized youth portrayed in Burgess’ fictional work parallel what is seen in modern-day Brazilian shantytowns, commonly known as favelas. Burgess’ own life played a pivotal role in creating the world that is seen within A Clockwork Orange. A Clockwork Orange can be characterized as a dystopian

  • A Clockwork Orange Essay

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    Folio One A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1971. Depicts the life of Alex, a young sociopathic delinquent who lives a life of crime set in a dystopian future. Faced with betrayal by his co-conspirators Alex is sentenced for the accidental murder of one of his victims. Whilst in prison, Alex is selected as a guinea pig for the trial of a new drug that ‘cures’ users of their ultraviolence. Alex, after his release, is still haunted by his past and soon inherits a key role in the

  • Free Will In A Clockwork Orange

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    In A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess provides many examples relating to the topic of free will. Throughout the novel Burgess makes several attempts to show the importance of free will and many other themes through Alex, the main character. Alex goes through trials and tribulations in his journey through life. From being with his “droogs” in a milkbar to prison to being a guinea pig as they were trying to “cure” him. “Ultimately A Clockwork Orange shows that free will and choice can be harmful and

  • Essay On The Clockwork Orange

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    The Clockwork Orange Research Paper The Clockwork Orange unfolds in the streets of a dark, mysterious, futuristic city. Alex, the 15 year old leader of a violent gang that goes on a rampage involving: mugging, a convenience store robbery, a rival gang fight, grand theft auto, gang rapes, vandalism, and arson. Alex who entice himself with all these violent acts eventually gets jailed for his crimes. Alex will undergo in a "reform" treatment called Ludovico's Technique. A behavioral-brainwashing procedure

  • A Clockwork Orange Free Will

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    Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange begs the question of whether or not the free will to choose our fate characterizes us as humans. The way in which violence, sexual aggression, and other evil actions are understood and handled by each character reveals the philosophical and social purpose of the novel. The influence of free will on the prison scientists, F. Alexander, and Alex in A Clockwork Orange serves to enforce the idea that the presence of a moral choice distinguishes humanity from all other

  • Hamlet And A Clockwork Orange

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    (Burgess, A Clockwork Orange, part two, chapter 3) Are our decisions subject to the inclinations of our past actions, as behaviorist would proclaim? Or do we have governance over our actions, or in other words, free will, as Humanists would argue? Furthermore, what is “right?” Is it to succumb to the societal and religious expectations of “good?” Or is it to act on one’s own intent? These are the questions that Alex from Stanley Kubrick’s Film adaptation of Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange” and Hamlet

  • The Paradox of A Clockwork Orange

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    The grace of evil in A Clockwork Orange is a recurring paradox throughout the novel and also implies a deep religious connotation. The main foci are the several aspects of evil, violence, and sexual acts committed by Alex and his gang members. However, Anthony Burgess has cleverly incorporated similar paradoxes to that of grace and evil, along with a different dialect to aid in masking the true harshness that lies underneath the violence. The other paradoxes include the extremes of night and day