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When I began my research for this essay I had every intention on the slang words used in A Clockwork Orange The main sources for these additional terms are Russian Although there are also contributions from Gypsy French CockneyEnglish slang and other miscellaneous sources such as Malay and Dutch and his own imagination Vaccari As intriguing as this was to me I couldnt help but to stray from my intended topic You see I had obtained two different versions of the book one English version and one American The difference in the two is the absence of the final chapter The book was released as planned by Burgess in 1962 with 21 chapters broken into three different parts Once the book was released in America publishers cut the 21st chapter Therefore in the remainder of this essay I will explain how this affects the books meaning my thoughts on the subject and a few other topics of concern First a brief overview of the book up to chapter 21 is needed The novel begins with the protagonist Alex sitting in a bar with his friends or droogs Pete Gerogie and Dim This milkbar was a common hangout of the time They had no license for selling liquor but there was no law against prodding some new veshes Burgess 1 Basically they put certain drugs in the milk to avoid paying for a liquor license This prepares the gang for their night of violence The gang performs the same ritual nightly until one night a woman bursts into song and Dim makes an obscene gesture towards the woman This angers Alex as he is a lover of the arts He punches his friend Dim which in turn upsets the rest of the group They are tired of being led by Alex so they decide to set him up They break into a womans house and when she calls the police Dim strikes Alex in the
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