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The Free Will and Spirituality of Anthony Burgress Alex DeLarge A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgesss controversial novel and Stanley Kubricks awe inspiring film Despite the intimidating reviews of critics nation-wide Burgesss masterpiece was stocked full of intensity perspicacity and innovation The main theme of the story is that of free will or lack thereof Burgess uses this story to display his own feelings on free will and spirituality The action centers on a young man Alex DeLarge who is fascinated with a bit of the old ultra-violence He and a ruffian gang of teenagers spend each and every night rampaging through a futuristic Britain beating and raping anyone whom would happen to cross their path His life consists of sex senseless violence and all else that would enter a mind of a criminal After what seems to be years of this behavior Alex is setup by his comrades and jailed While in jail Alex is prompted to partake in a revolutionary new aversion therapy He is promised a shortened sentence if he agrees to partake in the experiment It is centralized around new medicines exposure to grotesque and violent films and worst of all electro shock therapy He agrees to the treatment and shortly after becomes a whole other person The violence that he was once desensitized too now makes him violently ill at the very thought of it Alex becomes a tool of those who had supposedly cured him He is unable to make his own decisions hence lacking free will andor freedom of choice This is where Burgesss true feelings come out 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 httpwwwgeocitiescomAthens4572discussionhtml By taking the easy way out Alex has given up free will and with that has given up his personality and his all that is important to
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