Essay on A Clockwork Orange: Review Of Book And Firm Version

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A Clockwork Orange: Review of Book and Firm Version

     In A Clockwork Orange, Alex, the narrator and the main character, tells the story of his teenage years, starting at fifteen. He begins his tale as the leader of a small gang that spends its evenings pillaging and wreaking havoc on the town until the gang mutinies and "Your Humble Narrator," as Alex refers to himself, is caught by the police. From there, Alex travels to State Jail 84F to serve 14 years, but receives an offer from "the Government" which entails undergoing experimental treatment in return for early release. He seizes what seems to him an opportunity, but is horrified by the "cure" he endures. The new
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     The climax of the book occurs at the end of Alex's conditioning, when he is made to feel sick by his own true emotions, and he realizes fully that he must change his entire way of life.
     The major difference between the film and the book versions of A
Clockwork Orange was the lack of theme or meaning in the film. The film easily conveyed all aspects of the story's plot and dialogue, but was quite lacking in the conveyance of the thoughts within Alex. It seemed that without this key part of the book, the film was completely devoid of any merit whatsoever.
     Between the film and book versions of A Clockwork Orange, I prefer the book infinitesimally. The whole reason Anthony Burgess wrote the book in the first place was to convey a question of morality: is it justifiable to corrupt the pure nature of a person for the benefit of the greater society? His epochal query was clearly communicated within the book, but Stanley Kubrick did not even begin to deal with this moral issue in his movie which I perceive as a shallow and strange film which I could not enjoy, knowing that the message behind
Burgess' story was not the advocation of blatant violence, as portrayed in the film.      The climactic scene in the book occurs when Alex has finished his conditioning, and he is displayed as

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