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Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange The human spirit can take two forms that of evil or that of good The novella A Clockwork Orange is a look into the depths of the human soul and analyzes how these different types of spirits react in society While the novel was written as a satire thus making it completely overblown in a certain matter it at the same time does a great job of making the reader think A question that arises during the novel is can you force the evil to be good and vice-versa Burgess once again does a great job looking right into the heart of the question The analysis of good versus evil and its transformation from one form to another and the immense imagery created by the presence of descriptions of the music being played in certain scenes in all of Anthony Burgess novels greatly parallels other books such as The Straw Dogs Burgess defines moral freedom as the ability to perform both good and evil Burgess VI In his introduction he states that if one can only perform good or only perform evil then he is a clockwork orange - meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with color and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil or since this is increasingly replacing both the Almighty State Burgess goes on to say It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil The important thing is moral choice Evil has to exist along with good in order that moral choice may operateBurgess VII This hypothetical type of clockwork orange nowhere appears in the novel because Alex is neither totally good nor totally evil but a mixture of both This remains true even after Alexs conditioning by the Government It is true that the Government tries to make Alex totally good
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