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A Clockwork Orange Eat this sweetish segment or spit it out You are free -Anthony Burgess Anthony Burgess has been heralded as one of the greatest literary geniuses of the twentieth century Although Burgess has over thirty works of published literature his most famous is A Clockwork Orange Burgesss novel is a futuristic look at a Totalitarian government The main character Alex is an ultra-violent thief who has no problem using force against innocent citizens to get what he wants The beginning of the story takes us through a night in the life of Alex and his Droogs and details their adventures that occupy their time throughout the night At fifteen years old Alex is set up by his Droogs--Pete Dim and Georgie--and is convicted of murder and sent to jail At the Staja or state penitentiary Alex becomes inmate number 6655321 and spends two years of a sentence of fourteen years there Alex is then chosen by the government to undergo an experimental new Ludovicos Technique In exchange for his freedom Alex would partake in this experiment that was to cure him of all the evil inside of him and all that was bad Alex is given injections and made to watch films of rape violence and war and the mixture of these images and the drugs cause him to associate feelings of panic and nausea with violence He is released after two weeks of the treatment and after a few encounters with past victims finds himself at the home of a radical writer who is strongly opposed to the new treatment the government has subjected him to Ironically this writer was also a victim of Alexs but does not recognize him This writer believes that this method robs the recipient of freedom of choice and moral decision therefore depriving him of being a human at all These themes are played out and developed throughout the entire novel Alex eventually tries
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