A Clockwork Orange: Choice and Life-Course Theory Essay example

1117 Words Dec 5th, 2007 5 Pages
1. "The question is whether such a technique can really make a man good. Goodness comes from within, 6655321. Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man" (Burgess, 83). The priest would later say that Alex ceases to be a wrongdoer and a creature capable of moral choice. The priest is talking about the new rehabilitation program for which Alex becomes the first participant. Reflect on the priest's statements. What does he mean? In regards to our society, do we take away the act of choice for juveniles? (Think about the theories that we have discussed. Are juveniles "driven to" delinquency or do they make a conscious choice between right and wrong?)

The priest's first statement is accurate in
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2. Some of Alex's "droogs" and other acquaintances followed a different path than he did, but perhaps with certain similarities as well. How would life-course theory explain the various paths of these individuals? How would actions and behaviors define these individuals as criminal or not? Reflect on the entire book. Were there any life-course offenders? What about adolescent-limited offenders? What controls were in place, or not in place, to allow for those individuals to act as they did?

As for Dim, Georgie, and Billyboy they all followed the life-course model. Georgie had an untimely death when breaking into somebody's house and was overpowered and killed. Though his life was not long, he did show signs of being very irritable and having low self-control. Even early in the book Alex's "droogs" were beating up men walking home at night for no apparent reason. This could also be applied to Dim and Billyboy as well. Also, the book never spoke of any direct controls in any of their lives and I am assuming that their parents were not exactly setting any good examples.
Dim and Billyboy though, more specifically, found a life of crime in a high authority position. This life that they had taken on gave them the power and authority to continue on the life-course of crime. They picked up Alex, after he had gotten released, at the library when Alex was completely innocent. They then took Alex into a rural area to