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Youth Culture In Parts 1 - 2 Of A Clockwork Orange

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Explore How Burgess Presents Youth Culture In Parts 1 - 2 Of The Novel The story of Alex is a much-exaggerated representation of how youth culture can rule over the more civilised adult world if left unchecked. Throughout the novel Burgess shows how youths are capable of great evil if they are allowed to do so from an early age and so reminds the reader how important an effective and fair judiciary system really is. On the other hand, we do see several authority figures within the parts one and two of the novel, however, they appear to have adopted the philosophy of "fight fire with fire" because they use violence and humiliation (much the same as Alex) to get what they want. This happens on several occasions as the police act poorly when they arrest Alex and when they have him in custody and also P.R Deltoid, who was trying to get Alex to stop his bad behaviour, resorts to spitting on him. ...read more.


Burgess is saying in this book that the gangs are, in fact, helpless victims of every teenager's need to rebel against the system and fight the trends that exist within society, however the youths in this book have not been able to provoke such a conflict without breaking the law and ignoring human rights to a massive extent. This is yet more evidence of the almost comical exaggeration factor within this story, however, it does still have a strong and frightening resonance within our society. Besides breaking rules and rebelling in their behaviour, teenagers also have a tendency to want to listen to a different kind of music and dress in a certain way. Both of these issues are used in A Clockwork Orange as the image-obsessed Alex (also a feature of many modern youths) takes the first opportunity to describe the clothes he and his friends wear and they are, according to Alex, "the height of fashion". They are described as looking very odd indeed and so this gives them an added reason to be separate from the rest ...read more.


This is a frightening thought as one would truly hope that the police would catch these youths for the crimes they commit towards each other let alone the atrocities we see performed on innocent people. The theme of youth culture is a clear and strong one throughout this book but especially in the first two parts as after these Alex's treatment has happened and he is no longer able to commit crimes. The ideas raised by many people for many years about the restraint, education or punishment of young criminals are explored in detail in this novel as Burgess evaluates each one and shows us the consequences of their implementation. However, it is plain to see the first and foremost conclusion that must be drawn from this story is the importance of free will at any age. This does not mean that Burgess approves of a persons free will impeaching upon someone else's but he does show that the free will of Alex, once sharply jolted back into the realm of the right, does lead him down a happy and lawful path in the end. Mrs Veale Alex Pascoe 12D2 ...read more.

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