Theme Of Duality In A Clockwork Orange

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The concepts of Duality/Contradictions as portrayed in A Clockwork Orange. Moya (2011:par.1) maintains that an archetypal depiction of a dystopia is one dominated by bleakness and roboticism, a totalitarian government enforcing upon the people a lifestyle that lulls them into a state of obedience. It can be said that an individual’s freedom of choice and free will are crucial in order to preserve their stand as a human, both as an individual and as a member of a common society. The title of the novella is derived from a saying, “as queer as a clockwork orange” which means that something appears to be natural on the outside, but is actually artificial on the inside (Anon.,2007). 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. They are to be considered as a typical unruly modern youth in a cruel society. In one of their unforgettable crimes, Alex and his droogs force

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