"A Clockwork Orange" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

"A Clockwork Orange"
Examines the issue of freewill and the downfall of the protagonist in Anthony Burgess's "A Clockwork Orange".
# 59490 | 1,137 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on Jun 20, 2005 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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The novel, "A Clockwork Orange," by Anthony Burgess, is quite intriguing and also a little strange. It speaks of a world where violence lurks just around the corner and where large amounts of crime take place on a nightly basis. In this story, some people simply seem to do as they please without questioning whether their actions are right or wrong. This does not just occur in the story, but it also happens in real life. This is so because people have the power to choose. In other words, people have free will. Along with the power to choose, people also possess flaws in their character, which can have a very negative affect on a person's life. This paper discusses how Anthony Burgess's "A Clockwork Orange" is a story about a boy and his downfall, overconfidence, love of classical music, and the importance of free will.

From the Paper:

"The narrator's second downfall, which becomes obvious by the end of this passage and chapter, is his love for classical music. When Alex is inside the old woman's house, he suddenly sees a bust of "Ludwig van himself," which becomes the sole focus of his attention for a moment (Orange 62). This shows how the protagonist's passion for music distracts him so much that he slips on the milk saucers and falls down. When this happens, the old lady takes her chance and begins to hit him. The struggle between Alex and the old woman gives the police enough time to arrive and for Alex to be arrested. This is a perfect example, and there are many more throughout the story, of how the narrator's love of music disrupts what he is trying to accomplish. This particular downfall is partially the reason he ends up in prison."

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