English Composition 102
April 27, 2012
Morality: Manner, Character and Proper Behavior
In his film A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, an American film director and producer, creates a futuristic London where youth gang violence and other social subjects are portrayed. The main character, Alex DeLarge, is a sociopath who likes listening to Beethoven and is fascinated with raping women, amongst other things he is also the leader of the gang, which consists of Dim, Georgie and Pete. The film shows the crimes of all four men and their relentless violence inflicting physical and mental pain on others. Alex DeLarge is betrayed by his friends while at a burglary ending up in prison on a fourteen-year sentence for murder and rape. Two years later while still incarcerated Alex is chosen for a new experimental project, the Ludovico Technique, where he undergoes a ruthless regimen for two weeks. He is strapped into a chair, eyelids propped open and forced to watch violent movies while listening to his favorite composer Beethoven. After being “cured” he is released back into society. In the scene before being released, the prison chaplain says, “There is no morality without choice”, (A Clockwork Orange). The main point of this film is surrounded by the questions of can a violent man become peaceful and or different in the way that he treats people, can this rehabilitation occur
while incarcerated and once released will that man remain rehabilitated or eventually return to his natural ways. THESIS
“There is no morality without choice” (A Clockwork Orange). Manner, character and proper behavior are all traits that the majority of world citizens would like for everyone to have, but this is not realistic, not everyone is going to act or feel the same as one another, and not everyone is able to change what he or she have come to know and live by their entire lives. In the case of Alex DeLarge who is a sociopath, he is a man with a personality disorder coming about in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior with a lack of conscience. People who are currently sociopathic do not change unless under the influence of drugs. Many others who are just cold-blooded killers and have no respect for another human beings life should be classified the same. These people are sick and sadistic there is no hope for them even if they have claimed to have changed. Now, for others on the less horrific side of the prison system such as first offenders of non-violent crimes, these are the ones that still have a shot at changing their lives to something better than what it is or may have ever been, before continuing on a road of darkness. Some may say that a prisoner can change through education but what about the ones who are already educated do they change through religion or some other form of recovery? If a murderer is to truly change it must be done from within and only because that individual wanted that change to happen it is not something that can be forced by way of new teachings and or experiments. In the case of Charles Manson, who has been locked away for 44 years now with no signs of rehabilitation and only more attempts of
killing, he has no chance at surviving in the outside world. Prison has been his home, will always be his home and for the safety of others should remain his home for the remainder of his life. SUMMARY # 1
In her article “There is no rehabilitation in Prison: Ex-cons and their advocates call for reform”, Jaclyn Evert, a journalism student at the University of Minnesota and a contributor to Twin Cities Daily Planet, discusses an ex-con David Lindsey, who served a sentence of 19 years for felony assault and was released in 1990. “There is no rehabilitation in prison anymore, it’s a business and men like me are the product” (qtd in Evert par 2). According to Hilary Freeman, a crime prevention specialist officer for Hennepin County, 95% of...
Cited: A Clockwork Orange. Stanley Kubrick, director. Warner Bros. 1971
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