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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is a dark look into a frightfulfuture of violence and social control The story dives deep into suchissues as free will the illusions of reality the morality of ethics andmany others Burgess fills this horrific tale with satire numerous punsand above all irony A Clockwork Orange is comparable to George OrwellsNineteen Eighty-Four or Aldous Huxleys Brave New World Burgess presentsus with a philosophical message that we may soon find ourselves faced withA Clockwork Orange is made up of three parts containing 21 chapters 21being the official age of human maturity It is a stream-of-consciousnessnovel about most fundamentally the freedom of people to choose It asksreaders if personal freedom is a justifiable sacrifice for comfort andsocial stability This theme umbrellas many others including the strugglebetween the governors and the governed and the age-old struggle between goodand evil A Clockwork Orange also incorporates the themes of youth versusold age and illusion versus reality Burgess both a writer and an established linguist uses AClockwork Orange as a vessel for some very mature exploration of languagesand literary play-things Burgess fuses together many different languages inA Clockwork Orange to create Nadsat the language of the youth Nadsat ismade up mainly of Russian child speak and invented and British slang butit also utilizes Malay German French Arabic and Gypsy The word Nadsatcomes from the Russian word nadsat a suffix for the numbers 11 through19--the teenage numbers Lund The title A Clockwork Orange is derived fromseveral sources Used in old London slang one might say someone is asqueer as a clockwork orange Burgess Resucked x In Nadsat orangemeans man which is derived from the Malay word orang meaning manso a clockwork orange would be a man moving without pause or thought as aclockwork Lund Burgess says of the title I mean it to stand for theapplication of a mechanistic morality to a living organism oozing with juiceand sweetness Resucked
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