Film Critique : Clockwork Orange Essay
Behaviorism is “the theory that human and animal behavior can be explained in terms of conditioning, without appeal to thoughts or feelings, and that psychological disorders are best treated by altering behavior patterns” (Google.com). The patient being treated can either be positively or negatively reinforced (learningtheories.com) and in the movie Clockwork Orange, the main character Alex is negatively reinforced so that he gets over his violent behavior. The use of this conditioning was mostly used with animals at first like Pavlov’s dogs and was started in the early 1900’s. It really peaked in the 1970’s and 80’s and was then also used on humans.
Now that it is the 21st century, we have new ways to understand behaviorism in individuals today. We can have experiments done with small test groups that can show genes that cause kids to have behavior problems that make them unable to act correctly in situations that they would normally be in. In Behavioral phenotype in five individuals with de novo mutations within the GRIN2B gene, they are testing about five kids to connect Intellectual Disability to this gene and what causes them to behave incorrectly.
A Clockwork Orange is about a young man named Alex who was living in a city controlled by a tolalitarian government. As the movie starts, you see Alex and his three friends Dim, Pete, and Georgie sitting on a couch in the Korova Milkbar drinking milk…