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  1. 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.

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  2. 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 cr�ches" 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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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  7. 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 na�ve 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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...

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  12. A Clockwork Orange: Futuristic Fantasy

    But it is possible that Burgess was depicting the future world as well as his own. He is suggesting that if his own society were to carry on the way it was in his time, then it could possibly end up being as strict and oppressive as the Soviet regime. It is even a possibility that Burgess believed that the western countries, including his own country, the UK, would fall under the rule of communism and become Soviet states themselves. If this is true, then it suggests to me an admiration for the Soviet regime, not a dislike: he considered that the Soviets were so strong and organised, that western occupation was an actual possibility.

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  13. How is Alex characterised by Burgess in Part 1 of A Clockwork Orange?

    Alex is the perfect set piece around which the novels message that morality is not clear cut black or white revolves. From the moment we are introduced to Alex in the ?Korova Milkbar? we are told of how he and his ?droogs? drink milk laced with drugs. The Korova milk bar itself is quite a public place and we are made aware of how many people use this as a place to obtain these drugs and escape through hallucinations. Alex describes how a man was ?well away with his glazzies glazed? and thinks of these people as ?very cowardly? using hallucinogenic drugs as a method of escape.

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  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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  • 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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