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In all of my reading I have come to the conclusion that Anthony Burgess is one of the greatest literary geniuss of the twentieth century His masterpiece A Clockwork Orange is unrivaled in obvious depth insight and innovation The novel is a work of such quality such perfection that it seems to be genuinely written by a literary demigod The novels main theme deals with free choice and spiritual freedom More specifically The ethical promise that A man who cannot choose ceases to be man can be taken as both the explicit and implicit themes of the novel Morgan 104 Anthony Burgess expresses his view that no matter how good ones actions are unless one has free moral choice he is spiritually damned The novel revolves around one criminally minded teen Alex whose world consists of rape murder and ruthless violence Alex is eventually setup by his droogs friends and is arrested and jailed After some time in jail Alex is placed in a new rehabilitating program that uses electro-shock therapy new medicines and exposure to violent film The program breaks all that Alex holds dear and builds him up with a new artificial conscience This part of the novel presents the reader with a new reformed Alex an Alex without free will or freedom of choice an Alex who has become a victim Burgess considers this lack of freedom to be spiritually murderous and terribly wrong Burgess knows that it is better to choose to be evil than to be forced to be good Alex is tormented by his new state of oppression He is incapable of making any choice he must always do what is good Alex is then taken under the wing of a writer who is fighting the oppressive government The writer greatly publicizes the oppressive rehabilitation the state put Alex through But Alex is still tormented by his lack of choice so tormented that
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