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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess published in 1962 technically falls under the period deemed as Modernism yet it includes all of the features that were characteristic of that literary era Burgesss novel is a futuristic look at a Totalitarian government The main character Alex or the anti-hero is an ultra-violent thief who has no qualms about using force to get the in-out-in-out The beginning of the story takes us through a night in the life of Alex and his Droogs and the details of the adventures that occupy their time At fifteen years old Alex is set up by his Droogs Pete Dim and Georgie and was sent to prison and convicted of murder At the State Penitentiary he became 6655321 and spent two years out of a fourteen year sentence there Alex is chosen by the government to undergo an experimental therapy called the Ludvicos Technique and to be administered by Dr Brodsky This technique was to cure him of doing bad things Alex is given injections and made to watch films of rape and violence and the combination of the images and the drugs cause him to associate feelings of panic and nausea with violence He is released after a two weeks of treatment Shortly after being released and having a few encounters with past victims he finds himself in the home of a radical writer This writer F Alexander also a victim of Alexs but did not recognize him was strongly opposed to the new treatment that the government had subjected him to and believed that this method robs the recipient of freedom of choice and moral decision Therefore depriving him of being human at all and becoming a clockwork orange Alex eventually attempts suicide and the State is forced to admit the therapy was a mistake and cures him again The last chapter in the novel which was omitted from the American version and Stanley Kubricks film shows Alexs realization
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