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A Clockwork Orange is an extremely controversial novel which has been read all over the world. This book was published by W.W. Norton and Company in New York and London originally in 1962. This novel has many graphic and disturbing parts throughout the story; however has a very relevant and important moral at its conclusion. "There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus...milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence" (Burgess 1). The novel commences in England, centering on Alex, the narrator, and three of his "droogs" or friends. The beginning of the story takes us through a night in the life of Alex and his Droogs, and describes the exciting activities that occupy their time. ...read more.


This writer believes that this method robbed Alex of his freedom of choice and moral decision. Alex eventually attempts suicide and the government is forced to admit that the therapy was a mistake and give him is freedom of will back. The last chapter of the novel shows Alex's realization that he is growing up and out of his "ultra-violent" ways on his own. He realizes that he wants a wife and son of his own. A Clockwork Orange was originally banned from various states in a few different years in the United States of America. It was removed from Westport, Rhode Island high school classrooms in 1977, Aurora, Colorado high school classrooms in 1976, and Anniston, Alabama high school libraries in 1982. I believe there were a few reasons for this action. However the one mostly listed is "Objectionable" language. The language in this novel is a "slang" form of a Russified version of English, it is called Nadsat. ...read more.


She was raped by this gang. The leader of this gang was singing "In the Rain" just like Alex and his gang did when they raped a girl. If this was not evidence enough that it was not one of many consequences that resulted from this book, they were also wearing the "Droog uniform". This uniform consisted of: white overalls, combat boots, and a bowler hat. This was one act that was a direct result of the novel. There were most likely many more also. However, this was not the most influential reason for the banning of the book, but I'm sure it contributed to it. The language was the most horrific. Most likely because the plot was totally fictional, but the words used stood out. A Clockwork Orange is a very violent book, but regardless, it has a very powerful meaning behind it. The theme of this novel, deals with freedom of one's own will. It's shown in this novel that a person can not be a human being without this one right; instead they become "a clockwork orange". This book proves that freedom of will is absolute. ...read more.

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