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    'We are not encouraged to find much sympathy with the characters in A Clockwork Orange

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    Each part begins with the same question to the reader: "What's it going to be then, eh?" which at the start appears innocuous as they decide on their night's dwellings. But this is repeated in the beginning of the second part as Alex is imprisoned; the same question now has an alternative meaning, his future looks bleak and he is sentenced to a stint in prison because of the murder he commits. Instead of an innocuous question, it now is a meaningful question in the readers head evoking empathy by the uncertainty of his punishment and the impending circumstances of the 'staja'.

    • Essay length: 1216 words
  2. 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.

    The overall effect of this is that the boys forcing the man to watch the rape of his wife predicts, in a way, what will happen to Alex in Part Two. In both cases, the men are having their free will stripped off them to a certain degree and must encounter something very displeasing and uncomfortable to his nature. The dystopian form also includes the way in which Alex and his droogs act. They keep the citizens isolated at night by keeping them inside their homes.

    • Essay length: 1169 words
  3. 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

    This is a dilemma that is never solved in Alex's private world. Burgess created a character that has to go to the furthest extent to feel free; it seems that he was made evil by the government, perhaps presenting an artist, as he approaches the ultra violence as though it was a piece of art to be admired, the "malenky crèches" from the wife with the beating of "Dim's fisty work" seem like music to Alex, Emphasised by the "dancing around" Dim did at the same time.

    • Essay length: 1308 words
  4. How do the writers of Riddley Walker and A Clockwork Orange present the future in their novels?

    If that is the case then we can see The Eusa Story as partly an allegory of the cold war, part speculative vision of its outcome. Looking back, the notion of a nuclear war actually occurring may seem a somewhat farfetched concept, however to people at the early 80s there was a real fear of nuclear annihilation. As a result of the nuclear war the so-called "Bad Tyms" occurs. A time where civilisation collapsed, nothing would grow and humanity was practically wiped out.

    • Essay length: 2162 words
  5. Clockwork Orange Movie Evaluation

    The conditioned versus an unconditioned response technique is a major factor in Alex's transformation toward becoming an acceptable human being in society. During the first half of the movie before Alex undergoes treatment, he is shown with his fellow "droogs" or his small four member gang that creates havoc throughout England with their acts of "ultra-violence" where they commit heinous acts of violence and on random victims. Alex and his droogs are shown in the first scene of the movie at their favorite local hang out joint called the Korova Milkbar where they indulge themselves in drugged milk beverages.

    • Essay length: 1765 words
  6. How does Burgess portray power in scene 3

    Alex gives music Godlike reverence and will use violence to ensure his appreciation of it. Alex and his Drogues posses the power of destruction in is this chapter. They start off in a stolen car, then push it into the river. Afterwards they tear apart the upholstery in the train, they destroy these things without fear of retribution. Burgess shows how the gang have the power to do anything that they wish, this is reflective on the modern youth , they rove around in gangs committing acts of vandalism, theft and assault. Burgess is showing how the youth of today have the power to do anything and get away with it because there is not enough police, as well as that the streets are unsafe for the general populace to go out at night.

    • Essay length: 1010 words
  7. A Clockwork Orange

    Ironically, this writer was also a victim of Alex's but does not recognize him. This writer believes that this method robs the recipient of freedom of choice and moral decision, therefore depriving him of being a human at all. These themes are played out and developed throughout the entire novel. Alex eventually tries to commit suicide and the State is forced to admit that the therapy was a mistake and they cure him again. The last chapter of the novel which was omitted from the American version and from Stanley Kubrick's film shows Alex's realization that he is growing up and out of his ultra-violent ways on his own.

    • Essay length: 1846 words
  8. Text Transformation:'A Clockwork Orange' into 'The Jerry Springer Show'

    So why did I choose to do this? 'The Jerry Springer Show' is a dysfunctional show and Alex is a dysfunctional character. Jerry Springer's show is amoral TV; it is outrageous, shocking, scandalous and hilarious. The show has no limits. Nearly all stories have major big twists that unfold as more guests get called out. These guests often get violent and try to kick and punch other parties involved, whilst typically Jerry tries to redeem his guests. This is why I think it works well with the character of Alex and his behaviour seen in the novel.

    • Essay length: 1494 words
  9. Film review - A Clockwork Orange

    So what was all the fuss about? Hungrily I procured a copy on video with some difficulty, being aged only 12. In the first of what was to become many, many viewings, I sat alone, fully prepared to have my brain physically crushed by a dark, malevolent force from which no one could escape. Frankly I was hugely disappointed. By today's standards, not only had the film's so-called "ultra" violence been over-hyped for me, but the death toll straggled at a tame and rather embarrassing one.

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  10. A Clockwork Orange - review

    He is released after two weeks of the treatment and after a few encounters with past victims finds himself at the home of a radical writer who is strongly opposed to the new treatment the government has subjected him to. Ironically, this writer was also a victim of Alex's but does not recognize him. This writer believes that this method robs the recipient of freedom of choice and moral decision, therefore depriving him of being a human at all. These themes are played out and developed throughout the entire novel.

    • Essay length: 2157 words
  11. A Clockwork Orange - review

    Alex is set up by his Droogs later on and sent to jail and convicted of murder. At the State Penitentiary he spent two years of a sentence of fourteen there. Alex volunteered to undergo an experiment, "Ludvico's Technique", which was conducted by Dr. Brodsky. It was supposed to cure him of all of his violent nature. Alex is given injections and made to watch films of rape and violence and other various disgusting violent activities. The drug makes him associate feelings of sickness and nausea with violence.

    • Essay length: 862 words
  12. A Clockwork Orange - critique.

    He is released after two weeks of the treatment and after a few encounters with past victims finds himself at the home of a radical writer who is strongly opposed to the new treatment the government has subjected him to. Ironically, this writer was also a victim of Alex's but does not recognize him. This writer believes that this method robs the recipient of freedom of choice and moral decision, therefore depriving him of being a human at all. These themes are played out and developed throughout the entire novel.

    • Essay length: 3333 words
  13. Questions on 'A Clockwork Orange' by Anthony Burgess.

    It is not a shock to the reader when Alex steals a car. He says, "We backed out lovely, and nobody viddied us take off". He has no fear and was not afraid. Whilst driving the stolen car Alex and his droogs show disrespect for all in their path. They reach a place with a sign called "HOME", this is when Alex and his droogs stop and get out of the car. Next Alex describes how he politely knocks on the door of this house and politely asks to call an ambulance to help an injured friend.

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  14. Compare and contrast "Blue Remembered Hills" by Dennis Potter, "A clockwork orange" and "Warrior square."

    It was set in 1943, in the forest of Dean. It takes place on one day in the summer holidays for 7 school children. The play is a black comedy as whilst the children play there are aspects of tragedy, i.e. domestic violence, bullying, and death. In some ways it is linked to the other plays I have mentioned in theme. All three of the plays contain violence, and death, so there is an aspect of tragedy in the two comparative plays also.

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  15. A clockwork orange.

    Deltoid, his post-corrective adviser; he talks to him very politely however he does go over the top on the politeness and sounds patronising for example 'to what do I owe the extreme pleasure? Is anything wrong, sir?' we learn that he doesn't care for anyone than himself, otherwise I don't think he would of caused pain to innocent people. He doesn't like to be dirty, and when Dim was all dirty and looked a mess Alex and the other two characters tidied him up.

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  16. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

    He is released after two weeks of the treatment and after a few encounters with past victims finds himself at the home of a radical writer who is strongly opposed to the new treatment the government has subjected him to. Ironically, this writer was also a victim of Alex's but does not recognize him. This writer believes that this method robs the recipient of freedom of choice and moral decision, therefore depriving him of being a human at all. These themes are played out and developed throughout the entire novel.

    • Essay length: 3371 words
  17. A Clockwork Orange

    This injustice shows just how corrupt the Doctors are and how they misuse their power, it goes to show just how illiberal people can be. As Dr Branom's character develops though the chapter, I find that he less sinister than Dr Brodsky does, this may be due to him coming across to me as rather naïve and powerless under Dr Brodsky's power. To a certain extent we can say that Dr Branom relates to Alex. Alex believes that Dr Branom 'was forced' into taking part in the treatment, in the same way Alex was.

    • Essay length: 1946 words
  18. Violence in A Clockwork Orange

    glow from the "red light from the landing", which almost sounds like a filming technique, even though it is used to good effect here. As usual, there is an element of comedy in the chapter. Whereas the comedy of the previous chapters has normally been slapstick in nature (such as the unforgettable image of Alex being beaten by a swashbuckling old woman, surrounded by meowing "koshkas"), the characters in this chapter are more developed and have distinct personalities of their own.

    • Essay length: 1712 words
  19. Discuss Burgess’s language in the opening chapter: how does he depict the world of Alex and his friends as being in conflict with the “outside”? (10 marks)

    There is no brevity in Alex's description, and he goes into detail when describing the clothes and make-up. It is likely here that Alex has a certain respect for these gang members, indicated by his lengthy description of their bright uniforms, and by the fact that he speculates on the large cost of these uniforms. But there is also a clear element of mockery. This is especially apparent in the sentence "These were supposed to be...", with an emphasis on the word "suppose". He is putting the credulity of the gang into doubt, debunking their claims. This is quite childish in some respects, and reminds the reader of his tender age.

    • Essay length: 1352 words
  20. Alex and Patrick - Separated at birth

    When in jail, the state tries to reform him, but end up turning him into nothing more than 'A Clockwork Orange', a person with no free will, no choice, and no life. Have the government gone too far? Both books have been viewed as misogynistic, discriminating against social classes, and in some parts racist, but regardless of this the books are still considered cult classics. Lifestyle and Friends Patrick and Alex are both given backgrounds, complete with friends and lifestyles.

    • Essay length: 2597 words
  21. Political Undertones of A Clockwork Orange

    This shows that the police have had to get rougher to combat rough criminals. This is comparable to the real world as it is seen that police gradually need to get tougher on crime because crime gets tougher itself. An example of this is the fact that police in America have had to resort to guns and S.W.A.T. teams to fight crime while in Britain police still are armed with billy clubs. The message is lost in the movie as it seems more like dumb luck that Alex gets caught by two officers who happen to be old allies of his, now enemies who just want revenge.

    • Essay length: 1381 words
  22. Using the extracts from Dead Man in Deptford and Any Old Iron, and the whole of A Clockwork Orange, discuss the effectiveness of Burgess’ wide and varied use of language and dialect.

    As soon as I started to read A Clockwork Orange, I wanted to put it down again. In the second paragraph, I counted eighteen words that I did not understand, including such timeless gems as "droog", "rassoodocks" and, my personal favourite, "mozg". I was equally baffled when confronted with the two extracts. But I slavishly stuck to it (partly because of my rather demanding English master), mostly because I was personally intrigued as to what those terms meant. One soon realises that Burgess actually likes to do this - it is his wordplay. But equally, it is also an integral part of the book; he adapts his style of language for a number of reasons...

    • Essay length: 1019 words
  23. What is your response to Alex as he appears in the first four chapters of the Novel?

    A prime example of how looks down on his crimes, is after he has beaten up the teacher and stripped him, he thinks "We hadn't done that much" and refuses to make any " appy polly loggies". This casual view on his crimes is witnessed again when he is robbing the shop and he is standing over the now naked Mother Slouse and he thinks "I wondered should I or should I not, but that was for latter in the evening".

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  24. Comparison of the final chapters of “A clockwork orange”, and “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”

    parts of Alex's' life which all helped him become an established man, so the three parts could be the three different view points of Alex as three years passed in the novel. Alex from a small young criminal, in part one: " Dim yanked out his false zoobies, upper and lower. He threw these to the ground and then I treated them to the old boot crush", in part two after being put in jail realises that "I am not your little droogie Alex no longer", and he gets put under the Lodovico technique to be reformed, this technique involving exposing Alex to violence for nearly the whole day, to make him physically sick of it.

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  25. “ To what extent does Alex have his own freedom of thought”

    In my opinion the style and structure of this novel is extremely important to the understanding of the text. Alex goes through three main changes as a character, and this is reflected in the way Burgess has structured the novel. The novel is split into three sections, each describing a significant chapter in Alex's life. An example of this is the idea of the book revolving "full circle". In 20 chapters Alex has completely changed, but at the start of chapter 21 the novel begins the exact same as it did at chapter one. Alex revisits the place called HOME and him and his new "droogs" commit another unprovoked attack, however this time something has changed.

    • Essay length: 1682 words

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss Burgess’s language in the opening chapter: how does he depict the world of Alex and his friends as being in conflict with the “outside”? (10 marks)

    "Another aspect of society that is not missing, but seems unpopular, is that of literature. Alex reports that "newspapers {are not} read much" - whether this is because of illiteracy or just lack of interest, one is unsure. The Public Biblio, which is the derelict-sounding municipal library, was something that "not many lewdies used those days". Again, the reason why is not clear. Owing to the other "past-times" of the day, namely ultra-violent criminal activities, it is likely that nobody is interested in literature any more. This certainly fits in with the way in which Alex and his friends persecute a man just because they saw him coming out of the library with books in his hand. However, there are"

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