Analysis Of Anthony Burgess 's A Clockwork Orange

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Lexy Kraft English IV Ms. Gawith 20 September 2017 “He will be your true Christian” Humanity can be difficult to define. This is because it 's hard to pinpoint a specific non-physical trait that differentiates humans from machines. Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, believes this trait is a person’s freedom to make conscious decisions. By taking away a person’s ability to choose between doing the right thing or the wrong thing, you also take away what makes them human. A Clockwork Orange creates a world documenting the decay of a person’s will to live and the loss of their humanity when their freedom of choice is taken away. Alex, the protagonist of A Clockwork Orange, is a textbook example of the bad boy stereotype. The night…show more content…
The jump does not kill him, but he is taken to a hospital. At the hospital, the doctor’s reverse the effects of Ludovico’s Technique and Alex’s former self returns. Now free to make his own decisions, he returns to his life of violence with a new gang. In the final chapter however, he soon grows bored and decides he wants to try to live out a normal life. He dreams of getting married and having a son. Burgess uses Alex’s situation to showcase how important freedom of choice is. According to Burgess, the right to make choices on whether or not to do the right thing is what defines humanity. People’s ability to consciously make decisions is what separates them from machines and animals. Being unable to make decisions for himself, Alex is driven to suicide. “And then there I was as I was before, the empty glass on the table and wanting to cry and feeling like death was the only answer to everything” (Burgess 141). When the government took this freedom from him, his will to live disappeared. The government even takes Alex’s suffering a step further by using him as a poster child for the inhumane program. “He will be your true Christian,’ Dr. Brodsky was creeching out, ‘ready to turn the other cheek, ready to be crucified rather than crucify, sick to the very heart at the thought even of killing a fly” (Burgess 129). They only show the people the positive effects of the treatment but leave out how barbarous the technique actually is. Alex’s

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