A Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burgess

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Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange has long been regarded as one of the most difficult books to read, both due to its heavy use of made-up slang, and the overtly violent nature of the main character, Alex. When Stanley Kubrick’s version was produced in 1971, the movie earned an R or NC-17 rating, due to the sheer amount of violence. The subject matter of the movie was violence at it’s very nature. However, upon closer examination, there are many references to religion, Christianity in particular. “A Clockwork Orange” is a testament to the importance of free will in God’s creation, and inspects the nature of evil/sin. The movie opens with Alex, the leader of a violent gang, and his ‘droogs’ (gang members) Pete, Georgie, and Dim, viciously attacking an old man singing in an alley. Committing violence gives them a sort of high, and they move onto another target. They steal a car and travel to the home of an author. Alex knocks on the door, pleading that his friend is bleeding in the street and requires medical attention. This ruse refers to the classic parable of the Good Samaritan in the bible, where a Samaritan helps a man injured in the street after being attacked by thieves. The wife opens the door, and Alex and his friends burst in, causing chaos. They restrain and beat up the author, paralyzing him for life, and Alex rapes his wife, while singing “Singing in the Rain.”
Later that day, Alex is visited by his droogs, who demand they commit more lucrative crimes. Alex…
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