Essay about A Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burgess

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Wind-up toys made their debut in the 1500s designed only for people of royal descent. The toy demonstrated the complexity of animals via the turning of a gear to bid them to move in one direction without caring so much as to what happens after; this was way before Anthony Burgess likened the youth to wind-up toys in his novel A Clockwork Orange. Through the protagonist, Alex, he explains that the youth are similar to wind-up toys in the sense that they move in one direction making mistakes along the way that are not symbolic of their moral capacity. The concept of morality can be analyzed by examining three aspects of Alex’s life that contribute to choice: environmental pressures, the notion of religious morality as seen through the Chaplain, and biological destiny, all which will reveal the absolute imperativeness of the ability to make choices in order to retain the essence of what it means to be human.
“What’s it going to be then, eh?” Alex chooses to commit acts of violence against innocent citizens. The world in which he lives in is rigged with poverty, governmental corruption, and police brutality. Alex is quite aware of his choices, consequently lamenting over the pressures to be someone he is not, someone good. When his Post-Corrective Adviser tries to warn him of the consequences of his actions, he says to him, “they don 't go into the cause of goodness, so why the other shop? If [people] are good that 's because they like it, and I wouldn 't ever interfere with…

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