A Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burgess Essay examples

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In Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, the protagonist Alex is a flawed and deeply troubled youth. By the age of fifteen, Alex abandons his childhood and recklessly commits gang-violence, rape, and murder. As part of his punishment, the government strips Alex of his free will. Although he is now only capable of kind acts, Alex has lost his will to survive. Burgess poses the question, “Are good deeds merely the avoidance of punishment or true morality?” Alex struggles with the conflict between his sincere wickedness and society’s image of deceptive benevolence.
Alex takes great joy in committing violent acts with no inkling of remorse. In fact, he sees that there is nothing morally wrong with committing such crimes. Alex says, “More, badness is of the self...that self is made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty...but what I do I do because I like to do” (40). Alex believes that evil is innate and that he cannot help that it is in his personality. This highlights Alex’s childlike ignorance of human responsibility. Although he states that he chooses to be bad for thrill, he feels he cannot be held accountable for his actions.
Regardless of the obscenities committed, Alex shows a glimmer of human decency. After a long night of debauchery, Alex says, “...some great bird had flown into the milkbar, and I felt all the little malenky hairs on my plott standing endwise...I knew what she sang. It was from an opera by Friedrich Gitterfenster,” (27).…

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