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A Clockwork Orange Essay Personal Freedom In Anthony Burgesss shocking A Clockwork Orange we are presented with a protagonist named Alex who elects a course of violent conduct against the simplest and most vulnerable members of society His victims included an elderly women a middle-aged man a shopkeeper two young girls and a married couple to name just a few In a night of rampaging Alex beat raped robbed and killed his victims committing the most heinous acts known to a civilized western society The context within which these actions are performed however is that of a free man making free choices It is the countervailing steps against the actions of the protagonist by society the local police authorities that the curtailment of personal freedom for the needs of society is presented As a fifteen-year-old criminal Alex and his droogs friends chose an anti-social path of behavior that not only to ruined their own lives but destroyed the lives of those they came into contact with ie F Alexander A typical night on the town consisted of a combination of beating chellovecks men the raping of a devotchka woman ittying going to the milk plus vesto drug bar and the robbery of a store in a part of town where the millicents police did not ordinarily patrol Without any authority or feelings of guilt Alexs immunity to a sense of remorse or punishment was never ending Alex and his droogs friends needed either a person or an institution of society to limit their actions It was against this background of behavior that society through its police force reacted Yet as inappropriate as the protagonists behavior is presented in this novel so to were the methods used by society in their reclamation treatments There is no question that Alex should not have been able to rampage through the streets each night Alex thought the world was his playground
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