A Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burgess Essay

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In Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, 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 their pleasures, and so of the other shop. […] Badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our [own], and that self is made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and [joy]. But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self. But what I do I do because I like to do” (Burgess 44). His choices, the choice to commit criminal acts, is his self and that should be allowed to exist alongside the self of…

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