A description of the teenage years in a clockwork orange

And certainly it is true that criminality, statistically speaking, is an activity of the young and that there are few prisoners in the prison in which I worked who had been incarcerated for a crime committed after age His parents take him back and the government, smarting from the bad publicity, gives him a well-paying job where he can channel his naturally-violent tendencies against the enemies of the state.

Use of slang[ edit ] Main article: Nadsat The book, narrated by Alex, contains many words in a slang argot which Burgess invented for the book, called Nadsat.

After a few years, though, prison life becomes easier.

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Once he returns to society, however, he finds that the treatment worked too well: any thought of violence brings him to his knees with pain, and he cannot defend himself. Alex is particularly affected by watching footage of Nazi war crimes set to Beethoven's Ninth Symphonyone of his favourite pieces of music; as a result, he can no longer hear it without feeling sick.

My dad was like humble mumble chumble. If you shock the rat with electricity when it presses the lever instead of rewarding it with food, it will soon cease to press the lever. And overwhelmingly, the dominant school of psychology worldwide at the time was the behaviorism of Harvard prof B.

Background[ edit ] A Clockwork Orange was written in Hovethen a senescent seaside town. He begins contemplating giving up crime himself to become a productive member of society and start a family of his own, while reflecting on the notion that his own children could possibly end up being just as destructive as he has been, if not more so.

He gradually adjusts to life behind bars, but one night he and his cellmates beat a new prisoner, who dies. There is a never-ending cycle: [Y]outh is only being in a way like it might be an animal.

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Despite this enthusiasm, he was concerned that it lacked the novel's redemptive final chapter , an absence he blamed upon his American publisher and not Kubrick. Georgie attempts to undermine Alex's status as leader of the gang and take over their gang as the new leader. What do you mean, no? In this way, Alex comes to associate violence with the nausea and headaches he experiences from the shot. Burgess thought they were targeting him as a westerner, but the boys stepped aside graciously when he left and then resumed pounding. The process takes two weeks to complete, after which the mere thought of violence has the power to make Alex ill. Deltoid, his "post-corrective adviser", Alex visits a record store, where he meets two pre-teen girls. Age for them means nothing but indignity. Kubrick even suggests that this is a happy outcome: better an authentic psychopath than a conditioned, and therefore inauthentic, goody-goody. What I thought was particularly disturbing about the violence was not the description, but the apathetic view of Alex and his friends towards it, including their lack of respect even for the age of their victims. Looking for charity, Alex wanders to a nearby cottage and knocks on the door, begging for help. Technically, to achieve and convey the fantastic, dream-like quality of the story, he filmed with extreme wide-angle lenses [18] such as the Kinoptik Tegea 9.

Deltoid: A criminal rehabilitation social worker assigned the task of keeping Alex on the straight and narrow. Subliminal penetration.

A description of the teenage years in a clockwork orange
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