Clockwork Orange Essay

Submitted By rebekah-hutchison
Words: 935
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Text Title: A Clockwork Orange
Text Type:short story
Author : Anthony Burgess
Publication Date:1962
Completion Date: March
The novel takes place in a crooked futuristic governed by the repressive, totalitarian superState. In this society, ordinary citizens have fallen into a stupor of complacency, blind to the insidious growth of a rampant, violent youth culture the youth rule the streets. the story told by the protagonist of the story Alex, a fifteen­year­old boy. Alex leads a small gang of teenage criminals Dim, Georgie, and Pete and reveals the social pathology of his friends and himself.i think its about good and evil and the means of human freedom when the state tries reforms alix form his sickness basicly desensitizing him from his violent tendencies by pumping him with drugs and making him watch messed up stuff that makes him sick as a dog as soon as he thinks of violent or sexual thoughts the story asks the question “ is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?” but when he is
“rehabilitated” he gets released after two years in prison , a harmless and defenseless incapable of the vicious acts he once did.soon after his release his earlier victims take their revenge on his new pathetic pathology I believe The most prominent theme in this book was the importance of free will. you can kind of see the title has been gained by taking something organic like an orange and trying to make it work like a machine which is like what everyone was trying to do to alix ,and as alex had to choose between good and evil then he isn't a human being he's just like “ a clockwork orange”because his own independent thoughts were taken . and its almost like alex was fighting for humanity right to chose,even if he's choosing to do some twisted things.though the state tried to do some good with the The Ludovico Technique they didn't just rid the world of evil they were also killing the good.the problem is every thing is black and white everythings either good or evil but its never that simple nothing is completely evil and nothings completely evil but every time a philosopher or an artist speaks of this no one will understand and humanity will ruin everything and were doomed to repeat itself every time like clockwork. threw out a clockwork orange
, a government that is so corrupt that it turns to The Ludovico Technique to fix the dystopian society's problems. While the Ludovico Technique is supposed to make society safer, but it actuality dehumanizes its subjects. Alex is stripped of his ability to choose right from wrong after he is "reformed." He has become "a clockwork orange." evil.but it was really inhuman to force someone to be totally good and its as bad as it to be an totally evil one character once said
“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.”Because these forces are at constant battle within humans.there's an art in fiction founded on the principle that humans change, but in alex's case it was different . obviously sociopathic in nature theres no hope but the book opend up the possibility of a moral transformation but alex never fully went through this fundamental transformation in his personalty . when you compare this with most other fiction the main character struggles with things like identity