A Clockwork Orange, by Stanley Kubrick

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In this essay I will be exploring how the dystopian society in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ 1963 novel, A Clockwork Orange has been used to explore contemporary anxieties. A Clockwork Orange takes place in an outlandish and dreary vision of future Britain governed by an oppressive, totalitarian super government. In this society, ordinary people have fallen into a dazed state of complacency, unaware of the sinister growth of a rampant, violent youth culture.

Anthony Burgess wrote his short novel A Clockwork Orange in 1962 as a way of coming to terms with the rape of his first wife. The dystopian journey of A Clockwork Orange is told through the first-person account of Alex, the fifteen year-old anti-hero of the novel who narrates in a teenage jargon called “nadsat”, which incorporates elements of Cockney English slang and Russian. Alex, together with his band of droogs, Georgie, Pete and Dim, who fill themselves up with milk laced with drugs at the Korova Milkbar prior to a night of committing crimes of murder, rape, and theft. In one of their most atrocious crimes, Alex and his band of droogs force their way into the home of a couple, where they rape the woman as her husband is forced to watch. The turning action comes when they then head back to the Korova, where they fight with each other. Alex, who loves classical music, becomes angry at Dim when Dim mocks an opera that Alex adores. Alex punches Dim in the face, which prompts the others to
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