A theme conveyed in the last chapter of Anthony Burgess’s novel, A Clockwork Orange is about the transition from his childhood to becoming an adult. From the beginning, Alex was a violent, cruel, and immature teenager and now embraces a new image of living a peaceful and mature lifestyle. Most importantly, he intentionally wants to change his true image so that his future son will be able to follow his footsteps. This is a prime example of how Alex’s treatment entices him to enable his ability to choose, thus defining his adulthood. Alex’s youth, is described as mechanical and determined. However, there seems to be a reason on why Burgess chose to make Alex in a mature state in the last chapter. The last chapter is the number twenty one. The significance of the number twenty-one is because at age twenty-one, people like Alex can go right into the trail of adulthood during the transition, which destined him to have his own complete thought on free will. It is a compliance that Alex would have desire to have a son, but would believe that his son would be characterized as evil and violent in the beginning. An example of this is shown when he discusses about his imagined son. “And nor would he be able to stop his own son, brothers. And so it would itty on to like the end of the world, round and round and round, like some bolshy gigantic like chelloveck, like old Bog Himself (by courtesy of Korova Milkbar) turning and turning and turning a vonny grahzny orange in his gigantic rooker (Burgess 191)
As this quote shows, Alex is ambiguous to foresee whether or not his son would take his advice and follow his footsteps. Alex’s leap of progress of maturity is with a consequence of having to sacrifice a lot in order to understand his path of free will. Alex’s believes that through his suffering, he is able to concede how to move forward in life.