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Questions on 'A Clockwork Orange' by Anthony Burgess.

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Chapter 2 - Questions on 'A Clockwork Orange' by Anthony Burgess 'A Clockwork Orange' by Anthony Burgess is about a 15-year-old boy Alex who alongside his friends enjoys ultraviolence, rape, drugs and music. They live in a dystopia where the State is corrupt and the people live in fear. The 1962 novel is controversial and much acclaimed, raising moral issues on good and evil. It examines the problems of juvenile delinquents and the possibility of aversion therapy. Chapter 2 (Part 1) of 'A Clockwork Orange' is an important part of the novel. In Chapter 2 the reader learns a lot about Alex and his friends, or as Alex refers to them, his 'droogs'. ('Droogs' comes from the language that Alex uses in the book; it is a kind of teenage colloquial language, called Nadsat, which is used throughout the book). We also learn about Burgess and some of his opinions and learn a lot through the language used to describe what happens in Chapter 2. At the start of Chapter 2 Alex has just left "the Duke of New York", after already that night taking a concoction of drugs, terrorising and humiliating an old man, robbing a local shop, attacking a drunken man and battling with another youth gang. Already the reader knows Alex and his droogs quite well and have already to some extent learnt that Alex lives in a dystopia where the world is a place of terror. ...read more.

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Nadsat muffles the violence and horror of the reality to make it less distressing for the reader. The place that Alex and his droogs commit the horrendous crimes is called "HOME". Alex describes it as "a gloomy sot of name" but to the reader and most people home is not. Home is a place which most people feel safe and secure. It makes the reader think, where can humans be safe if not in their own home? Yet Alex doesn't see home in that way. Burgess has done this to show that the society Alex is living in is out of control. This is also represented when Alex says; "she hadn't shut the door like she should have done, us being strangers of the night". Even Alex, the one committing the crimes understands the world that he lives in is not safe. Some readers perhaps might find that this makes Alex even worse, that he plans his attacks knowing the dystopia that he lives in. Burgess also shows in detail the way that Alex ties to persuade the woman to let him into the house. The words Alex says to the woman are, "Pardon, madam, most sorry to disturb you, but my friend and me were out for a walk, and my friend has taken bad all of a sudden with a troublesome turn, and he is out there on the road dead out and groaning. ...read more.

Conclusion

He makes this point when Alex destroys the writer's book, entitled "A CLOCKWORK ORANGE". The description reads, "The attempt to impose upon man, a creature of growth and capable of sweetness, to ooze juicily at the last round the bearded lips of God, to attempt to impose, I say, laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation, against this I raise my sword-pen". Alex makes fun of this but ironically Alex becomes a 'clockwork orange', later on in the book. Yet through this rape scene Burgess wants us to see Alex is a horrible person and commits rape and violence, this being a poignant subject for Burgess as his wife was raped. Yet his main idea is this doesn't mean his free will should be taken away. When the novel was written in 1962, at the time aversion therapy was being considered as a way to deal with the number of juvenile delinquents. Yet Burgess was against this idea, he believed that humans have the choice good or evil, and it was a choice whether to be good or evil. Chapter 2 (Part 1) tells the reader a lot about Alex and his droogs and the terrible acts or violence and crime they commit. The reader also learns how Burgess greatly uses language and form to show his point. 'A Clockwork Orange' is a book of controversy that deals with sensitive issues but through Alex and his droogs Burgess makes his point. ...read more.

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