Alex is betrayed by his friends and is caught in one of his acts and send to prison. Through this passage we can observe the narrative devices that the author employs in order to narrate this story. This passage, written in part I chapter 2 from the novel, resumes the beginning and the end of one of the violent acts that Alex and his friends carry out. The last sentence shows how a profound silence ends with the raping scenes they just performed.
Plot summary[ edit ] Part 1: Alex's world[ edit ] Alex is a year-old living in near-future dystopian England who leads his gang on a night of opportunistic, random "ultra-violence". Alex's friends "droogs" in the novel's Anglo-Russian slang' Nadsat ' are Dim, a slow-witted bruiser who is the gang's muscle; Georgie, an ambitious second-in-command; and Pete, who mostly plays along as the droogs indulge their taste for ultra-violence.
Characterised as a sociopath and hardened juvenile delinquent, Alex also displays intelligence, quick wit, and a predilection for classical music ; he is particularly fond of Beethovenreferred to as "Lovely Ludwig Van".
The novella begins with the droogs sitting in their favourite hangout, the Korova Milk Barand drinking "milk-plus" — a beverage consisting of milk laced with the customer's drug of choice — to prepare for a night of mayhem.
They assault a scholar walking home from the public library; rob a store, leaving the owner and his wife bloodied and unconscious; beat up a beggar; then scuffle with a rival gang.
Joyriding through the countryside in a stolen car, they break into an isolated cottage and terrorise the young couple living there, beating the husband and raping his wife.
In a metafictional touch, the husband is a writer working on a manuscript called "A Clockwork Orange", and Alex contemptuously reads out a paragraph that states the novel's main theme before shredding the manuscript.
Back at the Korova, Alex strikes Dim for his crude response to a woman's singing of an operatic passage, and strains within the gang become apparent.
At home in his parents' futuristic flat, Alex plays classical music at top volume, which he describes as giving him orgasmic bliss before falling asleep.
Alex coyly feigns illness to his parents to stay out of school the next day. Following an unexpected visit from P. Deltoid, his "post-corrective adviser", Alex visits a record store, where he meets two pre-teen girls.
He invites them back to the flat, where he drugs and rapes them. The next morning, Alex finds his droogs in a mutinous mood, waiting downstairs in the torn-up and graffitied lobby. Georgie challenges Alex for leadership of the gang, demanding that they pull a "man-sized" job.
Alex quells the rebellion by slashing Dim's hand and fighting with Georgie. Then, in a show of generosity, he takes them to a bar, where Alex insists on following through on Georgie's idea to burgle the home of a wealthy elderly woman.
Alex breaks in and knocks the woman unconscious; but, when he opens the door to let the others in, Dim strikes him in payback for the earlier fight. The gang abandons Alex on the front step to be arrested by the police; while in custody, he learns that the woman has died from her injuries.
The Ludovico Technique[ edit ] Alex is convicted of murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
His parents visit one day to inform him that Georgie has been killed in a botched robbery. Two years into his term, he has obtained a job in one of the prison chapels, playing religious music on the stereo to accompany the Sunday religious services.A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
Home / Literature / A Clockwork Orange / Analysis / so we've got to be mindful of both the perspective and biases inherent to a first-person narrative.
The advantage to this is that we get extremely intimate with and engaged in Alex's life. After all, it's an "insider's view" we're seeing, albeit from. Literary Devices in A Clockwork Orange Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory Known as "cancers" in nadsat, cigarettes are what the characters puff on when they need to appear cool or nonchalant (in the case of the "modern youth"), when they are being philosophical or anxiou.
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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Home / Literature / A Clockwork Orange / Analysis / so we've got to be mindful of both the perspective and biases inherent to a first-person narrative. The advantage to this is that we get extremely intimate with and engaged in Alex's life.
After all, it's an "insider's view" we're seeing, albeit from. Falsetto explores many of Kubrick's often-used devices, including the long-take aesthetic, voice-overs, and moving camera, and discusses the thematic uses to which these techniques are applied.
Finally, he presents the very first formal analysis of Eyes Wide Shut, 5/5(1). A Clockwork Orange was a box-office success in the United States.
It grossed more than $26 million on a conservative budget of $ million, was critically acclaimed, and was nominated for several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture (losing to The French Connection).
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