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A Clockwork Orange

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Introduction

A Clockwork Orange For a novel, which empathises betrayal and a dark society full of corruption and immorality, a clockwork orange seems to endorse a remarkable view on such characters in power. Dr Brodsky, Dr Branom and the discharge officer are the ones who empathise these particular themes in this chapter. Dr Brodsky and Dr Branom are responsible for the treatment of the Ludovico technique, which as a result 'cured' Alex. Dr Brodsky is written to be of a very prominent status with abundant power. But what we learn at this point in the novel is how Dr Brodsky uses his power in order to exploit those who are powerless. "He like patted me on the plectho and said: 'Good, good. A very promising start'" Dr Brodsky has a patronising tone in the way he talks to and treats Alex. He treats Alex as if he was like a robot or a machine, which wasn't able to function without the dependency of those who are in charge. Dr Brodsky and Dr Branom, from Alex's eye, are conniving, deceitful adults. Alex explains to us how it is just as bad to make the films about violence as it is to commit acts of violence. And what is even worse is how it comes across in the novel, that the doctors are getting a sinister pleasure from torturing Alex and disregarding his human rights. It seems as if they are not trying to teach Alex to better his life, but they are punishing him for his previous violent actions. ...read more.

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Burgess has written Alex to have characteristics, which are present in all of us. This is Burgess' way of telling us that we are not different in nature to Alex. So the way Alex is treated and betrayed, instantly effect our views on Dr Brodsky, Dr Branom and the discharge officer, as we are emotionally attached to Alex. Burgess has made us attached to Alex, by the tone of the novel. The tone up to this point was open, direct and friendly. And it makes us involved in the story as we feel Alex is a friend and relays one us as he is confiding in us. But I find this specific chapter to have a change in tone, almost if a detached tone. This chapter is far more pessimistic than the other previous chapters. Burgess may have done this to test our friendship and loyalty with Alex. Burgess is trying to show how so-called friends throughout the novel have let Alex down, and to empathises his weakness by choosing not to use archaism and childish language, that Alex is known to use, in this chapter. This foregrounds the greater power of the doctors and the discharge officer, which allow us to sympathise with Alex, as he is at mercy of these characters. This has influenced my views on the other characters and how I feel anger toward those who have put him in this position of weakness. Burgess' use of suspense also kept me wary of such characters. ...read more.

Conclusion

In part three we notice just how corrupt the government is, by Burgess's use of the adults in the novel. F. Alexander, who was at Alex's mercy in part one, is now a sinister, corrupt man who has a dark political agenda. F. Alexander controlled by violence and society used Alex to go against the government. His passion for politics drives him to kill Alex in order to progress politically. This again shows just how corrupt those in the government are and instead of protecting the society and human nature, they are doing the total opposite, by placing those who are inappropriate into power. The government employs criminals to become police officers, which simultaneously has a repercussion on both the justices of the humanity and of the society. Burgess uses Alex to get his conception of the 'boastful politics' across. Alex finally realises, with devastating consequences, which those who were physically driven by the need of political power have made him to suffer. We realise how extreme the political control on him, in the way Burgess connects the reader with Alex who is the complete opposite from the democratic. In my opinion, a clockwork orange can be seen as a one sided protest against political control. Even through Burgess shows both sides of the argument, he persuaded the reader to understand that the unconditional man, free from the corrupt political control is the better man, even though the conditioned, political immoral controlled man is better in has behaviour in terms to society. ...read more.

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