A Clockwork Orange

This essay has a total of 512 words and 2 pages.

A Clockwork Orange

A "clockwork orange" can be described as something that has a convincing outer appearance
yet in the inside is merely controlled by outer influences, such as a clock set in motion
by its owner. In A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess takes us into the future where
violent criminals are forced to be "good," and introduces us to Alex, a young teen who
engages in a life of rape, ultra-violence, and Beethoven with his "droogs," or friends,
and talks in the slang language of "nadsat." He goes through various phases in his life,
evolving into a more mature level of thinking; each of these phases can be seen as
clockwork orange. What makes this novel so realistic however, is how real Alex really is
and how each of his phases into maturity represents a part of us.

His youth is characterized as that of a rapist, practitioner of extremely violent acts,
and a lover of Beethoven. These three adjectives point out what drives Alex's actions:
emotion. He follows no moral code nor does he even have one. However, he does follow his
natural desire to sin, and can thus be described as a clockwork orange in that his actions
are controlled by his emotion. We can clearly see how Alex's inclination to do things that
satisfy his emotion are strikingly similar to our desires to do the things that we want to
do. This is the whole message behind the doctrine of original sin, where Adam's first sin
against God carried into his descendants. All humans are born with the desire to do evil,
and thus we can justify Alex's violent actions.

Eventually, Alex's friends betray him and set him up to be imprisoned, where he is
Continues for 1 more page >>