A Clockwork Orange Spark Notes

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A Clockwork Orange

Many of us like to think that humanity as a whole is progressing to a better future where
we will live united and in peace with one another, a time of a more enlightened society.
But there are those among us that do not share these beliefs. In A Clockwork Orange, by
Anthony Burgess, the futuristic world is displayed as a world turned upside down and in
shambles. This 1962 classic is a frightful depiction of what our society could become and
possibly what it already is. Drugs almost seem to be legal and unregulated and
subsequently are widely used. The prison system is overcrowded with young punk criminals
who are inherently evil with no regard for humanity, or any part of society for that
matter. The youth takes over the streets at night and beat anyone they encounter. The
elderly sit around in bars and drink the remainder of their lives away. The people have
become desensitized to violence, because it is so prevalent in their lives. A Clockwork
Orange is a very intriguing story that deals with many social problems, not offering a
solution, but pointing out obstacles in the way of the creation of a more perfect society.


A Clockwork Orange is written in the first person by the main character, Alex. This makes
the story more personable by allowing the reader to see into the mind of Alex as he goes
through the many changes that he does. Three of his friends or droogs that help him in his
crimes are Dim, Pete, and Georgie. Throughout the story the author creates his own
language called nadsat, which is used by the youth of the futuristic world and is at the
height of fashion. Nadsat is a mix of Russian, English, and the slang words of both. It is
meant to set the violence apart from reality, making it almost cartoon like.


The story begins at the start of a wild and violent night with Alex and his friends
sitting in a diner. To start off a typical night they encounter an old man walking the
streets, so they harass and hit him. But this is not just any ordinary harassing episode
but more of a complete and utter pounding. They beat the defenseless man until he is all
bloody and disoriented. They then send him on his way, half naked and crawling home, later
that night they saw an old drunken man sitting on the ground and they decided to beat him
until he was delirious. This is a very typical action of Alex and his friends on any given
night. The next night Alex and his friends stole a car and took it for a joyride when they
decided to break into a cabin on desolate road. When they got in they started roughing up
the owners and trashing the place. When one of the droogs noticed a typewriter with a
story lying next to it called "A Clockwork Orange". The boys thought it was an odd title
and Alex started to really beat the man, he beat him until he was bloody and lifeless.
This time his friends thought that he had gone too far and betrays him by telling the
police. Alex is convicted of murder and sentenced to fourteen years in prison at the age
of only fifteen years old. He goes to jail and still goes about his violent ways, and
eventually kills another prisoner. After this he is chosen as a subject for a new
experimental treatment called, Ludvico's Technique, it is supposed to cure him of his
ultra-violent ways. He is transferred to a new building specifically made for this new
treatment. Here he is basically conditioned through many injections and he is made to
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