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A Clockwork Orange Commentary Throughout the novel "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess, the author enables us to uncover Alex's personality and character. In this passage from Part 1 chapter 3, we can see what effect music has on Alex. Not only the language he uses, with its diction connoting the richness of this experience and the imagery which makes the concrete abstract, give us further insight into the aesthetic sensibilities of this lover of ultra-violence, but the structure of this passage too is like a piece of music in the way the sentences are rhythmically measured to build up to a crescendo and then dimuendo. Moreover, music both humanizes Alex and conversely makes a mockery of the idea that high culture can civilize violent youths. Lastly, the effect this passage will have on the reader, will make the scientists' use of music in Part 2 during the Ludovico treatment and the name of the treatment itself seem particularly chilling and inhumane. Music is one of the most important motifs throughout the novel A Clockwork Orange. ...read more.


The author also shows the immaturity and childishness of Alex, by onomatopoetically describing the classical music with symbols of innocence and made up Nadsat such as "crunched like candy thunder." "The flute and oboe bored, like worms..." Much of the diction used in A Clockwork Orange is a made up language known as Nadsat. This language is linked to Russian and Cockney rhyming slang. Nadsat helps depict Alex's subculture and the totalitarian society they are put in. Since we are met with exclusion and alienation to this language in the beginning, we are quite detached to the brutality and sadism of Alex in the first part of the novel. Therefore this allows the readers to easily approach to and find out the positive aspect of Alex, showing us that the charming protagonist, Alex could represent the only bright light in a corrupt society. The choice between good and evil is a decision every person must make throughout his life in order to guide his actions and control his future. ...read more.


A number of sentences begin with conjunctions such as "And... And them" which also help build up the rhythm in an efficient way. Burgess's implementation of Nadsat "glazzies" "heavenmetal" "devotchkas" is essentially pragmatic and it makes the novel unique by using rich and evocative sounds and images. It allows us to get involved within Alex's group and to be seduced by his features. He speaks to us in his sub-cultural, esoteric language that he only uses with his gang members. In conclusion, the author focuses on Alex's love of music and sensitivity in this passage in order to introduce to the readers the positive nature of Alex. By using abundant diction and imagery, Burgess allows the readers to appreciate the sound qualities and the atmosphere of the passage. Alex is a sharp witted, keen, self-disciplined, loyal and an honest rebel against a corrupt system, containing both positive and negative aspects. The author makes the readers to wonder what the music may symbolize later on in the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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