The Violence Of Youth In Burgess's A Clockwork Orange

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Register to read the introduction… A satire in which Enderby, a director from the four previous novels in this five novel series, searched for in England, and found in America, a place to perform (Stinson 98). A Clockwork Orange is a novel that deals with the violence of youth in the future. The Narrator is a fifteen-year-old child of the streets that enjoys beating the helpless, raping the defenseless, and robbing the penniless. About half-way through the novel, Alex is caught by the authorities. They attempt to reform him from his life of crime by using a controversial new technique that forces Alex to become physically ill at even the thought of violence. In the last chapter of the book, Alex is able to break free of the mental chains that the reform had captured his soul in, and reinstate his existence as a creature capable of moral choice by reentering his life of crime (Burgess A Clockwork
Orange).
Throughout the rough biographical sketch given, certain points in may be selected in which events in Burgess's life can be shown to have heavy influence on A Clockwork Orange. Burgess published A Clockwork Orange in 1962, a time in
England that was marked with a great amount of crime and very violent youths.
Burgess himself had once cited this setting as the source of, or at least
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Enderby falls in love with the actress that plays the part of 'the Dark Lady', April Egar. When his love is not returned, Enderby deal with the pain by drinking excessively. In the end,
Enderby's play was a huge success, but Enderby never wins the heart of April
(Burgess Enderby's Dark Lady). For example, the previously mentioned beating of Burgess's wife Lynne influenced Enderby's Dark Lady, as well as A Clockwork Orange. In the book,
Enderby's Dark Lady, Enderby's wife was savagely beaten, and raped in the violent streets of England, much like Lynne was beaten (Encyclopedia Americana
80). This also displays a parallel to the turbulent times in England in which
Burgess wrote many of his novels (Baldwin 8). Throughout the book, Enderby's Dark Lady, Enderby constantly tries to find a place to express his creative talent in the field of theatrical directing. He is unsuccessful in England, and is forced to go across an ocean to find a place to display his work. This is much like the difficulty Burgess had finding someone to publish his work (Roger 55). As mentioned before, Burgess always had a great interest in music.
Burgess even taught himself how to compose music and play the

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