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Anthony Burgess's novella "A Clockwork Orange", written in 1962, explores the destruction of the lives of the protagonist's private worlds and presents a potential nightmarish society. The reader sees the mindless violence preformed by Alex and the Droogs

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The real nightmare of dystopian literature lies in its destruction of individual' private worlds. In what ways does the passage selected for study present this horror? - 1212 Anthony Burgess's novella "A Clockwork Orange", written in 1962, explores the destruction of the lives of the protagonist's private worlds and presents a potential nightmarish society. The reader sees the mindless violence preformed by Alex and the Droogs during the scene in which they destroy the writer, F Alexander, and ravage his wife. The lives of the gang seem to create a contradiction as they are trying to create an alternative society with those who he decides are acceptable, it appears to the reader as a dystopian one. A question seems to arise as to whether the protagonists have free will, or whether their actions are pre determined by fate. Alex believes that every one is born evil and therefore capable of wicked things. The evilness in the world is inevitable; he does not view this of his own actions. Burgess' novella poses the question; is a man who chooses the destruction of others perhaps in some way better than a man who has the traditional ways imposed upon him? ...read more.

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It's not free will as the drugs enhance their experience showing it as bought on by drugs within the milk instead of his decisions although we can see he would want to commit the violence anyway although it makes it difficult to view his actions as free. He does think he is choosing to be free by not conforming to the government and doing what he wants as he tries to rebel against this society. This is viewed as more of a rebellion to free him as is felt to be based on Russia's political state which had a communist government and this scared most western countries giving the novel poor reviews when it was originally published and it became banned from many countries. The title originated from an English pub, from the phrase "As queer as clockwork orange" presenting something as natural, organic on the outside nevertheless working as a mechanical object. Indicating the twisted actions performed by Alex. Also through the Russian political movement at the time, it is present as nihilistic as Russia sought to bring a new society by destroying the old one through terrorism and assassination. "Oh Brother" is repeated, Alex acknowledges the reader, this cohesive device links Alex's destruction he even shows this through the passage, making it more emotive to ...read more.

Conclusion

Emphasising how Burgess uses the word "Cancers" instead of cigarettes to emphasize the negative connotation of the word, implying that it always brings death in the end, also it makes Alex seems uncaring that he can use the word so often, not caring about what is actually means. A society itself is meant to change over time but as this is a dystopian one it has no progression. Burgess didn't like the idea that society could become mindlessly totalitarianism where the "laws and conditions appropriate to the mechanical creation" and the mechanical creation being the "Clockwork Orange." He expresses that one of the main themes in the book is the danger of a totalitarianism society in the belief that Alex and the Droogs are trying to create a new society through destruction. In conclusion, the rules of the government dehumanise Alex, and others of his age to the extremes they go to so they can feel free. In this extent they deliberately dehumanise others. The passage presents this horror with a scene in which there is a death but no justice making the dystopian theme for a place lacking justice ring true. Burgess set out in this iconic novella to express a system of social disarray through the eyes of a protagonist, immersed in a world of double standards and duality. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Literature Coursework Jessica-Sue Shawcross Mrs Hill ...read more.

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