Clockwork Orange Reflection

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After reflecting on the portfolio I have created, I would describe my perspective of society to be open. Open, meaning I am tolerating and accepting of people and ideas which differ from my own. I may not always agree with a point of view or idea, however, I respect everyone 's right to freedom of speech and do not judge others because they differ from myself. I am open to new ideas, as well as being open to learning about people who differ from myself. As for perspectives we discussed in class, I have both the perspectives of how society influences the individual and how the individual influences society. I am interested in how technology is affecting our society and I am also interested in how one individual can have such a large impact on …show more content…
This story addressed youth delinquency, government, politics, police brutality, prison institutions, conditioning, and the right to free will. The main character, Alex, is a teenage boy who is involved in a gang of teenage boys. Alex and the boys wander the streets wreaking havoc, breaking norms, and exhibiting criminal and deviant behavior. One night Alex and the boys broke into a home and Alex was arrested. As a minor, Alex went to an adult prison. After serving two years in prison, Alex was offered the opportunity to get out of prison in 40 days if he participated in a new program. Alex agreed and was forced to watch vulgar films with his eyes taped open. These films conditioned Alex into feeling physically ill every time he thought of committing a crime. This program was created to turn criminals into proper citizens who follow the law. After Alex was released from prison, he was turned away from home, was beaten by old men, was brutally beaten by the police officers who knew Alex, and was left on the side of the road to die. Alex eventually found his way to the home of a man who tried to use Alex for political gain and eventually locked Alex in an apartment. To escape, Alex jumped out of the window and tried to commit suicide. Alex ended up in the hospital and was “cured” of the conditioning he experienced. Since he was cured, he was no longer useful for political profit. Alex then got a job and …show more content…
If people care for one another they will not want to hurt one another. In the story, Alex, his friends, and the police had lives full of violence. In my Utopia, violence would be diminished by a society who cares for one another. This would then decrease crime, stress levels, hopefully diminish our prison systems, and would assist in making my Utopia a place where people would want to live. This book also made me realize that sometimes people feel the only way out of a bad situation is through suicide. In my Utopia suicide is a concern of the past. By easing the financial burden and stress levels and replacing them with dream jobs and memories with family and friends, I hope to completely diminish suicide. The most important concept in my Utopia is that everyone has their own free will. Each individual is their own person and is able to make their own decisions, unlike Alex in the story. I hope the aspects I have chosen from the story will assist in making my Utopia a better society to live

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