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A Clockwork Orange. The extract we are presented with shows us the scene in part one of A Clockwork Orange when Alex and his droogs rape an innocent young woman, referred to in the extract as a devotchka.

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'A Clockwork Orange'-short task The extract we are presented with shows us the scene in part one of 'A Clockwork Orange' when Alex and his 'droogs' rape an innocent young woman, referred to in the extract as a 'devotchka'. The extract elucidates the title of the novella as here the husband of the young woman is writing a story called 'A Clockwork Orange'. The manuscript of the story explains that the sweet, orange-ness of humans can be converted into the lifelessness of a manufactured clockwork machine. The novella's evident dystopian form permits for the astonishing effect of the insubordination from the youth. In the extract it is very prominent as Alex and his group go from committing crime to crime. The whole extract, although very short, has a lot of commotion in it. This allows for the dystopian elements to be more arresting and therefore has a greater build up to the main thesis of the entire novel. For example, when Alex and his group take turns to rape the young woman, giving her the old 'in out, in out' they are also beating up the husband of the woman and the author of 'A Clockwork Orange'. ...read more.

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Burgess orchestrates the extract in such a way that the scene unfolds in a natural manner which permits us to observe the scene in an almost uncomfortable light because it is seems so realistic due to the structure of the extract that Burgess has skilfully created. For example, the way in which Burgess builds suspense by first introducing one horrifying act then another until we finally get to the big finale where the rape takes place. The structure here is very effective because Burgess presents one appalling and astonishing act immediately after the other so that there is no time to truly think about what is going on. The effect of this is that it is more unnerving and harrowing to read because of the disturbing nature of each action that keeps on being thrown at the reader. The language used by Burgess shapes the meaning of the entire extract. It puts everything into context and defines the characters and the scenario given to us. One of the main features of the language and of the whole of 'A Clockwork Orange' is the nadsat talk. ...read more.

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This creates a more distinct tone in the scene that gives scope to the dystopian form that Burgess creates. The choice of diction used to construe the sequence of events is significant because it shapes the entire context of the extract. For example, when Alex is destroying the 'A Clockwork Orange' manuscript, a lot of onomatopoeic words are used such as 'bezoomny' and 'moodge'. The way in which the words are used shapes the context of the extract because it then allows for distinctive imagery to be used in a manner that provides for the dystopian basis to be more conspicuous throughout he extract. For example, when Burgess writes "and made for me with his zoobies clenched and showing yellow and his nails ready for me like claws". The overall effect of the form, structure and language that Burgess has expertly interwoven together is that it allows for more arresting and prominent features of the dystopian nature of the novella to be highlighted in a way that is uncomfortable and yet very comical way due to the nadsat talk of the boys and the way in which the scenes unfold. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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