"A Clockwork Orange" Essays and Research Papers

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Journal Entry - A Clockwork Orange

Journal Entry #3 – A Clockwork Orange Burgess’ novel, A Clockwork Orange, carries many themes prevalent to the time-period of the novel’s release. In a futuristic city governed by a repressive totalitarian super-state, humans have become machines or lower animals. The main protagonist of the story, Alex, asserts his free will by deciding to live a life of debauchery and violence before being robbed of his free-will by the government. When A Clockwork Orange was written the war against Communism...

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A Clockwork Orange: Free Will

A Clockwork Orange: Free Will December 16, 2010 A Clockwork Orange: Free Will “I don’t care about the dangers father, I just want to be good; I want the rest of my life to be one act of goodness” (Kubrick, 1971). The father responds, “The question is whether or not his technique really makes a man good, goodness comes from within, goodness is chosen, when a man can not choose, he seizes to be a man” (Kubrick, 1971). This is a conversation between the delinquent Alex and the prison chaplain...

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A Clockwork Orange Narrative Devices

"A Clockworck Orange" by Anthony Burges, is a novel that relates a terrible daydream of England in a future time where bands of adolescent hooligans ignore the main rules of living together in society, and every night take control of the town. The novel describes the different violent acts that Alex, a fifteen year old boy and the protagonist of the novel, carries out with his three "droogs" (friend-servants) against several random victims. Alex is betrayed by his friends and is caught in one of...

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Occupy a Clockwork Orange: Meaningful Violence in a Clockwork Orange

Occupy A Clockwork Orange: Meaningful Violence in A Clockwork Orange Violence is unavoidable in our society. It hits us from every direction, you can’t watch TV for more than an hour without seeing some sort of violence nor can you listen to the radio without hearing of violent acts. However, George Gerbner asserts that seeing all of the violence is not necessarily detrimental to our minds. To Gerbner violence that, “Individually crafted, historically inspired, sparingly and selectively used...

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Analysis a Clockwork Orange

Many of us like to think that humanity as a whole is progressing to a better future where we will live united and in peace with one another. Nevertheless, there are those among us that do not share these beliefs. In A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, a futuristic world is turned upside down and in shambles. This 1962 classic is a frightful depiction of what our society could become and possibly, what it already is. Drugs almost seem to be legal and unregulated and subsequently are widely used...

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A Clockwork Orange and Brave New World

public and private life. A recurring theme in the Utopian genre is the resulting creation of a dystopia in an effort to reach Utopia. Two novels which clearly illustrate this convention are Aldous Huxleys Brave New World and Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange, later adapted by Stanley Kubrick as a film. Other conventions of the Utopian genre include lack of depth of characterization, and the texts ability to analyse the state of the society in which it was written and to provide an array of possibilities...

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Missing Ending in A Clockwork Orange

Language and Literature BRITISH LITERATURE OF THE 20TH CENTURY An unconvincing twist or necessary completion of the book’s moral integrity? Discuss the ending of A Clockwork Orange. TWENTY-ONE? Richard Borovička 2nd year – Aj-Pg Summer semester 2009 Are we to discuss to what extent the ending of A Clockwork Orange is convincing, at least three levels of viewpoint should be taken into consideration. The author’s intention in terms of the effect that the last chapter was supposed to...

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Book Analysis: A Clockwork Orange

In Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange, we see the dilemma of a young man named Alex. Alex and his droogs live a violent life of stealing, raping, and ultra-violence. In the book, Alex is only fifteen but in Kubrick's film Alex is a shade older. The book is about the effects of a controlling society on its citizens and the ramifications of cynical authorities. Most would agree that Alex and his droogs are committing wrong and senseless acts; but what makes the novel so interesting is how the government...

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Morality in a Clockwork Orange

In the novel A Clockwork Orange, the main character, Alex, is introduced as a fifteen year old with an uncanny vision for the life he so desires. As most teenagers do, Alex firmly believes that he knows all there is to know about the world, and believes that he and his "droogs" (Burgess, 5) have what it takes to wreak havoc on society. However for Alex, it is his actions that speak louder than his words, and it is his horrifying yet vivid criminal acts, that show that he is a soul without regard...

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The representation of youth in 'a clockwork orange' and 'If....'

The representation of youths in ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘If….’ I will be investigating how youth is represented in the films A clockwork orange (1972) and If…. (1968) and how the films affected the views of the time and how the films influenced youths. I have chosen to investigate these films because of how both films were released at the time of the relaxation of violence in cinema. I also chose these films because the similar themes in both films, as both films focus on youths in society...

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