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Review of A Clockwork Orange As an avid reader of political fiction I found A Clockwork Orange to be one of the best books of that genre I have read It is well written with a fast-paced engaging plot and complex character development Not only did this book hold my interest it also had an import social message to deliver This novel is a futuristic story about what could happen in a society where people rebel against a totalitarian government in anarchist ways It also has a sub-theme that questions whether people can truly be considered moral if they are brainwashed or forced to behave as if they are rather than doing so by choice In this story the government tries to reform Alex the main character by compelling him to follow societys rules against his will He is a fifteen year old boy whose main interests in the beginning of the book are committing acts of violence such as rape and robbery and listening to classical music such as Beethoven and Mozart Later the book makes the point that in order to have a truly moral society people need to have choice As the novel begins Alex lives in a society that is leaning towards anarchy He attempts to rob an old womans house and is caught by the police Alex is then put in jail where he becomes the test subject for a new kind of cure for criminal behavior He is brainwashed so that even though he would like to commit acts of violence he can no longer do so At the same time he begins to realize that he has a positive side to his nature The rest of the book deals with Alexs internal struggle between his violent side and his moral side as well as whether society has the right to prevent people from making choices according to their own free will Among the strengths of this book
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