"The Importance of Moral Choice"
Choice and free will are necessary to maintain humanity, both individually and communally; without them, man is no longer human but a "clockwork orange", a mechanical toy, as demonstrated in Anthony Burgess' novel, "A Clockwork Orange". The choice between good and evil is a decision every man must make throughout his life in order to guide his actions and control his future. Forcing someone to be good is not as important as the act of someone choosing to be good. This element of choice, no matter what the outcome, displays man's power as an individual. "A Clockwork Orange" starts with Alex posing the question: "what's it going to be then, eh?". Burgess begins the story by demonstrating that Alex and his
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The government and the doctors are convinced that they are making Alex "sane" and "healthy". On the contrary, they are controlling his ability to have a choice in his actions. The doctors are attempting to eliminate Alex's moral choice, which is neither sane nor healthy. The doctors go even further when they discover Alex's love for classical music. Dr Branom says: "here is the punishment element, perhaps. The Governor ought to be pleased". They go beyond trying to reform Alex and continue to punish and torture him, for after this torment is complete hearing a beautiful piece of music makes Alex sick. Alex's reaction to music becomes violent and painful because of the government's manipulation and the side effects of the Ludovico Technique. Alex did not choose to have his free will and love for music taken away. After the procedure is complete, the prison Chaplin comments " he has no real choice , has he?...he ceases to be a wrongdoer. He ceases also to be a creature capable of moral choice". The government limits Alex's moral choice to only good which is truly the essence of evil for it interferes with the gift of free will given to humankind by god.
After Alex is released into society, he has a difficult time adjusting since his world has drastically changed. Alex is now forced to behave oppositely to what he desires. The doctors have forced him to be "good". After Dim and