Essay on the Language of A Clockwork Orange

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The Language of A Clockwork Orange     “Gooly into a world where by nochy prestoopniks rule and oobivat and by day all is well.” This is the nature of A Clockwork Orange, a novel by Anthony Burgess, where one enters the world of a fifteen-year-old named Alex who speaks a vernacular language and does what he likes. This molody nadsat, or young teen, leads a life where crime is real horrorshow as he dodges millicents, or policemen, in order to live a life he wants in the merzky, grazzy city where he resides. Alex and his shaika oobivat too many lewdies, though, and the millicents loveted him. He then becomes a plenny in the StaJa, away from his moloko, snoutie or beloved classical music. As a plenny, he undergoes tests…show more content…
Rather, it is something eye-popping, marked by sudden occurrences of agony and despair. Burgess set up the storyline perfectly to allow for this, from the dank and depressive world Alex lives in to the horrific events in that city. A prime example of this “horror” is when Alex is forced into viewing the awful videos in his rehabilitation session. These videos contained incredibly graphic content, from unimaginable depictions of human torture to films from the Holocaust and Nuclear Bomb testings on humans. Burgess’ description of the events - Alex’s vomiting, how he was strapped into immobility and forced to watch the movies, the ominous laughter of guards in the background - all add to the twisted and sublime terror presented in A Clockwork Orange. Besides presenting utter terror and an extremely innovative approach to the use of language, A Clockwork Orange manages to be extremely philosophical. As Alex encounters different people throughout his process of becoming a better person through tests and manipulation, he encounters the issue of whether or not it is better to live a life of crime than to be forced into not doing so. The question presented by these various people, the main proponent of the belief being the jail chaplain, is that if a man can no longer make that decision, one which could possibly be the most colossal decision of Alex’s life, can he be considered a man? Alex eventually answers
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