Essay about Morality In A Clockwork Orange

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In the novel A Clockwork Orange, the main character, Alex, is introduced as a fifteen year old with an uncanny vision for the life he so desires. As most teenagers do, Alex firmly believes that he knows all there is to know about the world, and believes that he and his “droogs” (Burgess, 5) have what it takes to wreak havoc on society. However for Alex, it is his actions that speak louder than his words, and it is his horrifying yet vivid criminal acts, that show that he is a soul without regard for morality. This lack of morality is even more evident, as he calmly justifies his actions as being the fault of society, and he is just playing his part; “You can viddy that everything in this wicked world counts. You can pony that one thing …show more content…
However this plea was seen as a façade of the actuality the situation. Alex’s harsh rebellion against society has shown the doctors that this subject is apparently incapable of outgrowing this natural process, and thus must not be released unto society, at least not yet. It is just, in saying that freedom of choice is an important part of teenage life, of all life, however, when one acts criminally, such as Alex, they are fairly suited to experience the same oppression that they place on the victims of their acts. While in prison, Alex gets a feeling of oppression and lack of choice. This lack of freedom can spiritually murderous and terribly wrong, and is the reason Alex never strives for morality. “When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man” (Burgess, 67) This was the jailer’s interpretation of Alex’s situation, and the reason why Alex expresses a feeling that he chooses to be evil, rather than being forced to be good. This is the natural process of a teenager trying within himself to break free of oppression, whether it is moral or not, it is not the way society wants him to be, which is why he does it. Alex is tormented by his new state of oppression. He is incapable of making any choice; he has been conditioned to always do what is good. After Alex is released from the institution he is taken under the wing of a writer who is fighting the oppressive government. ”They have

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