How the Novel A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess Compares to the Somali Child Soldiers

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In the novel A Clockwork Orange Alex the protagonist comes in contact with a lot of people who try to change who he is. On one hand we have P.R. Deltoid who tries to talk reason to him trying to change him by talking to him, on the other hand we have Dr. Brodsky who attempts to change him through a more primitive more violent way. It is ironic that the new way how to “cure” Alex’s urges is to show him violence. Even in the time in which A Clockwork Orange is set it is controversial. The so called Ludovico technique is controversial as it takes away the choice of being “good” and instead forces Alex to submit to the pain and to surrender to what is happening to him. Before Alex is given off to be cured, he talks to the Prison Charlie who tells him: “Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.” (pg.67). With this the Prison Charlie tells Alex that with giving in to this treatment he will lose the choice of being bad and will be forced to be what the government wants him to be. Whilst reading the novel A Clockwork Orange, I realized how much it relates to the children in Africa who are being brainwashed into becoming child soldiers. Compared to A Clockwork Orange this is the complete opposite of what the organization is trying to do. As in the book the subjects to this technique go from bad to “good” whilst in Somalia the kids are good and then are converted to be evil. These kids are either kidnaped or brainwashed into fighting in the

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