"A Clockwork Orange" Essays and Research Papers

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Who Is Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange?

Spanning contentious themes of morality and psychology, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange sparked polarizing reception among critics upon its 1941 release. The film, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, follows the exuberant amoral acts of Alex, a thug in a dystopian city, until his gang betrays him to the authorities and, rather than be taught right from wrong, is brainwashed to detest sex and violence through inhumane techniques. While some critics, such as Vincent Canby of The New York...

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A Clockwork Orange: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

A Clockwork Orange: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish A Clockwork Orange received critical acclaim, made more than thirty million dollars at the box office, and was nominated for various awards; however, this esteemed film was outlawed from the nation of Great Britain in order to curb its immoral content from permeating society. Before all the controversy began, A Clockwork Orange was a novel, written mostly in Russian, by Anthony Burgess. Stanley Kubrick is known to critics as a film maker who probes...

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Abuse of Power Within a Clockwork Orange

Abuse of Power within A Clockwork Orange by Christopher Borycheski The choice between good and evil is a decision every man must make throughout his life in order to guide his actions and control his future. This element of choice, no matter what the outcome, displays man's power as an individual. Any efforts to control or influence this choice between good and evil will in turn govern man's free will and enslave him. In the novel A Clockwork Orange, the author uses symbolism through imagery...

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A Clockwork Orange: Teaching Ethics Through a Violent Criminal

A Clockwork Orange: Teaching Ethics through a Violent Criminal Every thirty seconds a new book comes out; in fact, reading just the titles of every book ever printed would take thirteen years (Hornby). Based on those kinds of numbers, deciding what books one should single out and read seems a task of enormous importance. Which books are significant enough that any person—all people being of such limited time—should go to the bother of reading? Which books best enrich the mind? There’s a rather...

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess: A Literary Response

Nadine Gordimer, South African writer and Nobel Prize winner, said that penetrating fiction doesn’t give answers, it invites questions. This quote is accurately reflected in Anthony Burgess’ novel, A Clockwork Orange, in which many questions and moral values are explored. Burgess strongly believed that humans’ ability of choice is the only factor distinguishing us between animals or machines. The two most predominant recurring themes of and questions relating to the novel involve ‘good vs evil’...

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A Clockwork Orange - Struggles Between the Government

Struggles between the Government In A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess has created a dark, gloomy socialist state of futuristic world and the theme of this novel deals with the struggles between the governments. The society in the story is inhabited by fearful citizens, wild young outlaws, and a totalitarian government which is unable to control the society's flood of violence. The citizens are more than usually suspicious of strangers, especially after dark, they would not go out to the dangerous...

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A Clockwork Orange - Cinematography

this paper. I am sure it was an A though. Text: Different camera positions in a movie can have a great effect on the way the audience interprets or feels about a movie. This is also done by the way each scene is composed and designed. In A Clockwork Orange, all these concepts help the viewers interpret whether we are who we are because we had no choice, or because we were free to make our own decisions. One of the first thing one sees is the way the camera angles to try and involve the audience...

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A Clockwork Orange: Futuristic City Governed by a Repressive, Totalitarian Super-State

A Clockwork Orange takes place in a futuristic city governed by a repressive, totalitarian super-state. In this society, ordinary citizens have fallen into a passive stupor of complacency, blind to the insidious growth of a rampant, violent youth culture. The protagonist of the story is Alex a fifteen-year-old boy who narrates in a teenage slang, which incorporates elements of Russian and Cockney English. Alex leads a small gang of teenage criminals through the streets, robbing and beating men and...

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Alienation and Integration the Usage of Marked Language in “a Clockwork Orange”

Alienation and Integration The Usage of Marked Language in “A Clockwork Orange” In Anthony Burgess' novel „A Clockwork Orange“ from 1962, the author's use of a newly created language[i], Nadsat, plays a key role in the presentation of the main protagonist Alex DeLarge, and his schoolboy sociopathy. Corrupt and naive, 15-year-old Alex narrates his own story with a language that only the author and the characters in his fictional world could truly understand; specifically those characters among...

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Comparison of "A Clockwork Orange" and "Dog Day Afternoon": Left and right cycle films.

cycle" films using the article entitled "The Left and Right Cycles" by Robert Ray. To help me explore what makes up a "left cycle" film, I will compare two movies, both "left cycle" according to Ray. Those movies are "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Clockwork Orange". What makes both of these movies "left cycle", and how to they differ within that classification? First, I think it is important to differentiate between the "left" and "right" movies. What Ray says to this is "the three factors that superficially...

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