A Clockwork Orange Analysis

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Sigmund Freud was a popular psychoanalyst who coined the terms id, ego, and superego. These terms can define each human’s basic action as primitive/instinctive (id), socially driven (superego) or the mediation between the two (ego). Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Stanley Kubrick’s interpretation of A Clockwork Orange both show the consequences of living a completely id/superego driven life. While The Metamorphosis shows a businessman, Gregor swap from a superego driven life to an id driven existence, A Clockwork Orange shows the life of a highschool student, Alex who turns from id driven to superego driven. By showing the impact id and superego have on one’s life, both Kafka and Kubrick explain the negatives of having a id/superego driven life and lacking existentialism. Both Kafka and Kubrick’s characters are shown to suffer as a result of being driven by their id/superego completely. In A Clockwork Orange, a teenager named Alex is the leader of a cult that beats and kills innocent citizens of their city. These acts are considered “Ultraviolence” and is id driven. Alex lives the rest of his life in id as he skips school more than he goes, steals valuables from high-class members of society and doing drugs. All of these represent primal instinct which Alex only follows. As Alex is preparing for an evening of id driven activities, he talks about how, “The Korova milk bar sold milk-plus, milk plus Vellocet or Synthemesc or Drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This

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