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In A Clockwork Orange Alex the narrator and the main character tells the story of his teenage years starting at fifteen He begins his tale as the leader of a small gang that spends its evenings pillaging and wreaking havoc on the town until the gang mutinies and Your Humble Narrator as Alex refers to himself is caught by the police From there Alex travels to State Jail 84F to serve 14 years but receives an offer from the Government which entails undergoing experimental treatment in return for early release He seizes what seems to him an opportunity but is horrified by the cure he endures The new good Alex that is released unto the world is depressed frustrated and lonely although no longer violent A radical political group then exploits him as an example of the cruelty of the Government This faction tries to force Alex to suicide in order to gain a martyr but Alexs attempt fails and he is nursed back to health and his natural mental state by the Government who in the end comes out on top Alex whose last name is not mentioned in the book is a violent aggressive teenager of fifteen who is the leader of a four-person gang He truly enjoys violence reveling in the sight of blood or weapons Alexs love of hate is not simply a rebellious emotion but as he explains it is his very nature and he could not change it if he wanted to Despite his passion for what most see as ugly and disgusting Alex does have a great appreciation for classical music especially Beethoven Alexs main conflicts are both external and internal His external conflicts are between him and the members of his gang Dim and Georgie two of the members of Alexs gang are unwilling to accept Alexs leadership They challenge his authority and Alex reacts rashly by trying to re- establish
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