A Clockwork Orange, written by Anthony Burgess, deals with the essence of humanity and morality. Being difficult topics to grapple with, many turn to a religious perspective to inform their beliefs on these subjects. Burgess himself is a strongly Catholic individual and this ideology shows through in the ideas presented by A Clockwork Orange. The book contains a number of allusions to the Bible, Jesus and God’s intentions for humanity. These religious references build upon each other to develop Burgess’ notion that God created humans with free will, and how this leaves humankind flawed and prone to evil tendences.
Therefore, the interests of the society as a whole are put before the goals of one person. Sometimes, if not at all times, this is necessary as we see in A Clockwork Orange where Alex finds pleasure in ultra-violence and sexual assault along with his three droogs –Pete, Georgie and Dim. As the four companions run around town committing heinous crimes and cunningly evading the law, one this becomes extremely clear that they must be stopped from causing any further harm to the innocent citizens at any cost. But the questions arises that ‘is this cost a person’s freedom to choose their own fate?’ Alex apprehension by the government and making him face the punishment for all his past crimes
An individual’s true nature comes from within; their outer man is governed and influenced by their surroundings. For one to choose between good and evil is the decision they ought to make throughout their life. We explore how Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange uses the character of Alex through the first person’s perspective to prove that if one is not able to choose between good and evil they become powerless of any decision in their life. The novel starts with Alex asking the question, "What 's it going to be then, eh?” (Burgess, 1986:7). This portrays a typical thought of demonstration of how Alex and his “droogs” (Burgess, 1986;7) feel free to do as they please.
Alex kept finding the strength inside of himself even thought he was at such a disadvantage being little and only 14 years old. Another example of fighting adversity is the sheer fact of Alex being 14. Alex is by far the youngest spy and is often over thought during his encounters. Many people doubted his well doings and thought Alex was worthless but ends up saving thousands upon thousands of lives. After reading, Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz I have understood that although we will be at many disadvantages during our life, we just have to face it and fight through it without complaints.
Humanity Stripped Bare: Semiotical and Sartorial Sinning in A Clockwork Orange 's Nadsat Koshtoom Back in the non-permissive age, life was safe and secure, yet for many simultaneously desperately and appallingly dull. The rise of the late postwar generation in the 1960s fell together with rapid socioeconomic change, which led to an extravagant explosion of youth culture. This sudden surge of abundance contemporaneously questioned the framework of former rigidity, and gave birth to debates of existentialism, sexuality and violence. One novella that defies the edges of reason and convention, is Burgess ' A Clockwork Orange, a work in which the merely fifteen-year-old Alex attempts to seek out the limits of control in a frenzy of rape, murder and anti-establishment acts, all defined by the grotesque and the bizarre. Alex inebriates himself, beats, rapes and murders by the dozens (and Burgess ' makes sure to inject the necessary doze of T&A to keep even the light reader entertained), but essentially Alex ask himself the question many youths at the time (in every stratosphere of society) ultimately asked themselves: is this really all there is?
It is startling to read how nonchalantly teenagers talk about violence, drugs and minors engaging in sex. Thus, it is not astonishing that the novel caused outrage among its readers in the 1960s even though the story is fictional and set in the future. The novel initially appears to be straightforward in its critique of society, but only an in-depth analysis of A Clockwork Orange which engages with the author’s word choice and structure illuminates the important issues. Contemporary society is presenting dystopian aspects to a worrying degree: teenage delinquency, social decay, violence and indifference. I would argue that Anthony Burgess wants to draw attention to the changing society of his time, especially the urban landscape that has seen the development of teenage gang culture and the growing tension between countries over conflicting
Code and Cinematic Signs of A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick is famous for his dark humor movies. He used a lot of codes and signs to express his stylish aesthetic violence and sexual implications in his movies. A Clockwork Orange can be considered as one of the best among them. In the opening milk-bar scene with the mannequins, the bar is full of sexual imagery. The film continues this motif throughout, combining sex with violence as the social norm.
No doubt he deplores the actions of Alex as much as we do. What he is doing is creating a hopeless version of society taken over by youth. The youth do not share the values of their elders, nor do they admit any sort of normal associations with them. Parents are not obeyed, nor do they set examples. The best that can be hopes for in the world of Burgess is that the young will eventually grow up into copies of their parents.” (Evans, 409) This statement provides support that not only does the counterculture not conform to society, they operate independent from it, and a normal attribute of a society independent of another is another language.
Government has the authority to lead the people, but there is an extent of their control. The novel Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, depicts a dystopian world of extreme crime and violence. However, while the depicted society does condemn violence, it also facilitates the destruction of humanity and the autonomy of individuals. When a human is depersonalized and stripped of their free will, they are simply the “clockworks” under the control of their oppressors. They are no longer a person; rather, they are the robot that is programmed to give more power to the government.