Good vs. Evil: "A Clockwork Orange" Analytical Essay by Mark

Good vs. Evil: "A Clockwork Orange"
This paper examines the 1962 satirical novel "A Clockwork Orange", by Anthony Burgess, and looks at morality versus practical social solutions.
# 3444 | 1,515 words | 1 source | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 14, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper provides an analysis of Anthony Burgess' novel, "A Clockwork Orange". The author discusses the plot, setting, language, themes, and pays close attention to the psychological aspects of the book-morality pitted against absurd practices in a society that needs change. The paper examines Modernist literature, and categorizes Burgess' novel as a social satire, much like Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal".

From the Paper:

"All the literature that has ever been written can be reduced to a few essential plots - perhaps indeed merely two plots. There is the story of the quest - for everything from the Holy Grail to the maiden whose foot will fit inside the enchanted crystal slipper. And there is the story of the battle of good versus evil and which of these forces may win in the end. Anthony Burgess's 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange is an especially creative version of this latter archetype. This paper examines the author's use of plot, characterization and setting to demonstrate both his inventiveness and the ways in which he is pouring the new wine of this dystopic world into the old bottles of Good versus Evil. "

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