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What is your response to Alex as he appears in the first four chapters of the Novel?

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What is your response to Alex as he appears in the first four chapters of the Novel? In the first four chapters we are given a shocking introduction into the life of Alex. In these first four chapters we see Alex beat up a teacher and a old drunk, rape a young woman and beat up her husband, rob a shop, steal a car and perhaps the most disturbing we see him commit child abuse. At this time I think it is very important for us to remember one thing: Alex is fifteen-years-old. Yet we do not find this out until the end of book one. By delaying this Burgess makes us think that Alex is much older than FIFTEEN and therefore when we our told we begin to realise how dreadful his crimes were. Yet despite these committing all these crime Alex has no fear of the "millicents" or any other figure of authoirty. In the first four chapters Burgess gives us a preview into the life of his anti-hero and shows him in his world of ultra-violence, rape and Beethoven. When Alex is committing these horrifying crimes, he does it very casually and doesn't seem to think about the consequences or about how the crime could make that person's LIFE a living hell. ...read more.

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After treating them to something to eat, again putting them into a false sense of security, he takes them back to his flat and after the walk up the stairs Alex cures their thirst with a Scocthman each. In the words of Alex, "What was actually done that afternoon there is no need to describe", but that is not because he is in any way ashamed of it. Alex considers himself to be the outright leader of his gang. He confirms this place when George and Dim challenge his authority, but fail and both are handed a beating by Alex. Alex tries to prove his leadership when they try to break into the flat. Once Alex is in the flat he decides to go alone after the rebellion by George and Dim earlier to try and prove a point. But this is probably the first time we see "Alexander the Large" showing signs that he is not unconquerable, after he has struggled against the old woman and her army of cats and is scared off by the sound of the "millicents", he is met at the door by his "droogs" who hand Alex a unexpected surprise that involved a bike chain. ...read more.

Conclusion

We also see a lot more "innocent" Alex, who is dumping all the blame for his murder on his "droogs", and for the first time in the book we see Alex starting to act like he is fifteen, and the elders around him start to treat him like he is fifteen: "Everybody knows little Alex and his droogs..........little innocent Alex." But for me the most surprising event in the chapter is that we see Alex cry, "I could open my glazlids a malenky bit and viddy like through all tears" Although I totally understand Alex crying, but after the first four chapters it still comes as a surprise. The next point is a very interesting one. When Alex is on the bunk in the prison, he begins to fall asleep and drifts into a better world of "flowers and trees...goat with a man's litso playing away on a like flute.........rose like the sun Ludwig van himself", surely this is not the same boy who early on described his ideal world of "vecks and ptitsas.........screaming for mercy.........grinding my boot into their litso", how can a boy go from one extreme to another in a matter of days. This is a clear sign that prison is already starting to conquer "Alexander the Large". ...read more.

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