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Alex the fifteen year old narrator of Anthony Burgesss novel A Clockwork Orange lives in a society where violence reigns This novel has a very direct nature and is often blunt to the point of offense but this makes it more powerful and helps to further its point This point is that everyone is out for themselves whether they be the police government or citizens of this society In this book the police can be just as violent as Alex and his droogs or gang In fact by the end of the novel his droogs have themselves become the police The police have no qualms about beating people almost to the point of death as they do with Alex both at the beginning they all had a turn bouncing me from one to the other like some very weak bloody balland fisting me in the yarbles and the mouth and the belly and dealing out kicksI was sickon the floor 70 and at the end of the book for no other reason than they feel like it It was all panting and thudding against this like background of whirring farm engines 150 There seems to be no difference between the people being beaten by streets punks such as Alex and the police who are supposed to protect them The novel begins with the police doing little to protect the citizens for how else could a fifteen year old kid and three of his friends rule the streets They also seem to relish beating Alex for the reason that they dont get to do it often However by the third part of this book crime is almost non-existent but the police are far more brutal Neither of these scenarios is the better of the two In fact the cops are not out to help the people they only want to serve themselves Alex during his first beating confesses and hands his droogs
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