• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Using the film text "a clockwork orange"? Examine the effects of media violence and sexual violence on the audience? With particular reference to mass hysteria and moral panic,

Extracts from this document...


Using the film text "a clockwork orange"? Examine the effects of media violence and sexual violence on the audience? With particular reference to mass hysteria and moral panic, The effects of violence in the media are undoubtedly one of the most controversial topics in current media debates. There is a major media influence in our everyday lives through ideologies and set values with which we use to guide the way we perceive things and control our moral values. The influence of media is constantly scrutinised for the rare and possibly consequential copycat acts. An example of this is the James Bulger case (1994), there was an extreme mass hysteria questioning whether violence in films affected the moral judgment, not just of children but with adults as well. It was feared that there was a general decline in public civility and morality, because of this an explanation was needed It's possible that events such as the murder of James Bulger by the two boys that claimed they got the idea from Childs play, 19911, would not have occurred if such movies did not exist, but if this is so then why are other adults and children not affected? It has not occurred to the media or behaviorists that theoretically if it affects others so easily than it could potential harm themselves The effects model is known as the hypodermic needle, this is because it metaphorically "force-feeds" an active audience, providing them repetitively with ideas and ideologies which are then used in their own every day life; they rely on realism effects in order to provoke the audience into subconsciously relating situations to their own for example stereo types. ...read more.


The main character Alex is a fifteen-year-old boy who is the ringleader of an elite gang, whom he affectionately calls his Droogs. They commit horrifically violent acts whilst remaining disturbingly happy "Alex makes it clear that he has chosen evil as a deliberate act of spiritual freedom in a world of sub-human conformists." (85) When Alex is treated to become sick at the thought of violence, this choice is impossible to make, turning him into "A Clockwork Orange". Or as the prison chaplain says: "When a man ceases to choose, he ceases to be a man." (67 Burgess)."7 The film itself nearly defies the theory proposed by Propp. Propp suggests that the lead character is usually that of a hero of some sort, but in this text the lead character is rather the villain, who doesn't purposefully capture the audiences sympathy but manages to in a subtle and implicit way. He is portrayed as the villain throughout the film and doesn't try to deceive the audience by implying anything else, yet despite his horrific acts and perverse thoughts, he appears to be an ordinary boy who lives with his parents. The only time in which his fetishes become apparent is when he is with his Droogs. The diversity of these two personalities is particularly strange and could even be a mediated reality as Alex uses a dialect with his Droogs, which wasn't uncommon amongst teenagers at the time of the writing of the book. ...read more.


I.e. if there is moderate bad language the film will be classified as a twelve, if there is nudity it will become a twelve, although if there are implications of sexual activity the certification will become a 15. There is also a large political factor as to why there is such violence in films, the need for verisimilitude and escapism, to be part of a bad natured act but not suffer the consequences, this is the struggle for power, this struggle is evident in everything we do and watch through the media from explicit things to political broadcasts and the struggle to become a leader, to implicit things such as films, the act of rape within films may not necessarily be meant as a violent sexual act, but in fact the lust for power. Society today is still described as a sexist society, men have distinct privileges that even after post modernism are still unavailable to women, the media represents women with stereotypical values such as being submissive and male dominancy in a patriarchal culture. This leads men to think of women as objects rather that people and provides them a sense of power. Whether this is true or not, this is the message given through the media. 1 See appendix page one 2 Propaganda - release of media material which is beneficial to the government etc 3 Propp (1895-1970) Character roles and functions 4 Binary oppositions-conflict of opposing terms 5 "Balance" interrupted by chaos 6 Quote Phillip Rayner, Studying the media. 7 Quote John Gardner, media critic 8 Page 40 - A clockwork orange script, film text Bonnie Dobbie 13p Candidate number 6127 Centre number 61203 - 1 - ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Narrative section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Narrative essays

  1. Analyse two leaflets of your choice. Compare the presentation content and language of each ...

    it doesn't look at first glance as if it has been aligned to a grid) whereas the first leaflet looks very square. However the colour scheme is similar, including lots of green and dark blue (like the black on the first leaflet).

  2. Discuss the way in which 'Neighbours' by Tim Winton and 'Stolen Car' by Archie ...

    '...leading into the bulging stomach of the city.' Referring to the entering of the stomach/city that is already so densely populated with people. It seems that right from the beginning of the story that Johnny is uncomfortable with his new surrounding to find out his true spirit, where he belongs.

  1. Both Spirited Away and Pan(TM)s Labyrinth represent the traditional family unit as an important ...

    any other character in the film, and certainly, Haku cares for her more than any other character.

  2. The mass media has played a major role in structuring public perceptions of crime ...

    The general public sensitised by these incidents and twisted representations in the media meant that the police made more arrests, the media reported more deviance and young people more readily identified with mods and rockers. This theory is well connected with my hypothesis as it is looking into the negative

  1. How has James Cameron adapted and presented the true story of the Titanic?

    She is standing at the stern of the Ship and it shows us how high the ship is above the freezing cold water. This shot makes the Titanic look very powerful and a strong ship. When the Titanic ship is going down many short and touching scenes are shown one after another to display a montage effect to the audience.

  2. The power of Mass Media to Influence

    By pressing the belief on us that such transformations are possible, that we also can be more successful, just by doing these simple things, the media does indeed get to influence our lives a lot.

  1. Are Women represented as sex objects in rap videos

    All they want is his riches the end of the day. As long as there is money there is 'bitches' that will do anything for the men and money. This strongly compliments the statement that refers to women being represented as sex objects in rap video.

  2. James Bond - Bond(TM)s female characters are fully liberated women. They use Bond. Consider ...

    than gold and this means that it has the same kind of connotations as gold; it is very expensive and precious. However, these titles contrast to those in 'Goldfinger' because the women are a lot more active and are dancing, but they are dancing in quite a provocative way which

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work