Social Order In Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange

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All forms of art are commonly interpreted differently based on varied ethnicity, language, culture, age, race etcetera. Novels have constantly been in the limelight for featuring content that is unsettling to certain people. My essay aims to explore how A Clockwork Orange can be read and interpreted differently by readers in liberal democratic nations and readers in communist nations. A Clockwork Orange is Anthony Burgess 's revolt towards indoctrination and governmental repression. The novel stunned the populace with its worrisome concept of absolute political power governing and domineering a social order. Originally published in 1961, the novel was banned in many schools due to claims of “objectionable language”. The novel’s unsettling content…show more content…
One can relate his resistance to authority to Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye. Nevertheless, Alex is a more vicious, pessimistic, and a menacing central character. Alex still somehow manages to draw out empathy in readers. Later in the novel, a new scientific procedure, Ludovico 's Technique restrains Alex 's anarchic freedom. This method of reformation is dubious. It showcases how some scientific advancements make it possible for political representatives to have absolute power over people’s will and capacity for choice. A comparable notion of a social order with indistinguishable citizens, regulated to comply with a political regime can be seen in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984. Alex’s loss of his ‘free will’ turns him into a ‘clockwork orange’. The novel implies that the choice of being wicked is yet better and more human compared to mandatory, enforced good. The Ludovico 's Technique causes him to feel nausea whenever he views or even thinks about violence. Communism in the novel is depicted as an essentially inadequate rule. The author, Burgess refuses to…show more content…
He endeavours to abstain from this by lashing out at the government by hurting others but ultimately ends up as another of the government’s identical casualties. Alex conflict is powered by his inability to admit that the citizens are ignorant of their maltreatment. As quoted from F. Alexander in the book “The tradition of liberty means all. The common people will let it go, oh yes. They will sell liberty for a quieter life. That is why they must be prodded, prodded—” Conceivably providing an explanation that the more the public fears reprimand by the government, the easier it is for them to agree to its supremacy in order to lead a stable life. Burgess representation of a maleficent government while comprehensible by the Democrats isn’t really understood by the
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