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Calculated Captivation Goodness comes from within 6655321 Goodness is something to be chosen When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man In Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange a sadistic adolescent of the not-so-distant future is rehabilitated of his violent nature by a special conditioning treatment This fifteen year-old hoodlum Alex McDowell is cured of his savage activities but when released back into a still violent society he is a misfit Anthony Burgess skillful art of manipulation is able to change the readers opinion from hating Alex for his malicious ways to feeling captivated by him as he becomes a victim of a modern age To understand how this deception is accomplished it is important to examine the major turning points in Alexs life and how Burgess presents them To begin Burgess displays Alexs villainous disposition which causes the reader to hate and resent him Through the aid of the States treatment Alex is reformed at which point Burgess allows the reader to determine and develop an opinion of whether this treatment is morally acceptable or not In the end however it is obvious that Alex has become a true Clockwork Orange and despite the previous opinion of the reader Burgess reveals the outcome in a way that causes a sense of relief and is pleased to see Alex back to normal It is fascinating to consider that Burgess may have written A Clockwork Orange as a prophetic view of warning to future societies He was a peaceful person who didnt want the stark consequences of the fictional Alex to become a grim reality Through the first of three parts in the novel Burgess displays Alex as the embodiment of all that society would like to ignore or eliminate - but cant This first person narrative is told by Alex a youth of fifteen who spends his nights with his droogs terrorizing the public with their bits of ultra violence and
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