Character Analysis Of Beethoven's 'A Clockwork Orange'

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Fifteen year old Alex de Large is the narrator and main protagonist of “A clockwork orange”, who, along with his 'droogs ' (comrades), rampages through a dystopian Britain committing random acts of 'ultraviolence ', brutal rapes, robbery and ultimately murder. Alex 's other great source of intense enjoyment is listening to classical music, and above all the music of Beethoven or 'Ludwig van ' , which seems to heighten his pleasure and intensify his savage and psychopathic impulses. He is a classic anti-hero, and this includes him having a quality of innocence, even at his most depraved. Deceived by his 'droogs ' and arrested for murder, he is then conned by his fellow cons, who lay blame on him for the murder of a new prison inmate. After two years spent in prison, Alex volunteers for an experimental conditioning programme of aversion therapy known as the 'Ludovico technique ' that would allow him to leave the prison system within two weeks. In this experimental programme, Alex is classically conditioned, via the pairing of an injected illness inducing drug with violent films (shown to the soundtrack of Beethoven 's fifth symphony), to become nauseated at the mere thought of violence. Unfortunately for Alex this also leaves him with the unintended side effect of an aversion to his beloved 'Ludwig van '. After his release the once ultra violent Alex becomes the helpless victim when his old friend and old enemy, turned policemen, beat him up. Ironically, Alex finds

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