"A Clockwork Orange": Novel and Movie Comparison Essay

"A Clockwork Orange": Novel and Movie
A comparison of Anthony Burgess' novel "A Clockwork Orange" with Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of the same novel.
# 102814 | 865 words | 0 sources | 2008 | US
Published on Apr 02, 2008 in Literature (English) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper compares and contrasts Anthony Burgess' novel "A Clockwork Orange" (1962) with Stanley Kubrick's film (1971) based on the novel. The paper points out that when the book was originally published, the publisher left out the final chapter. In its second publication, the novel was printed with Burgess' intended amount of chapters, twenty one, the supposed age of human maturity. The paper explains that this provided a more optimistic ending to the original, more cynical book. It maintains that Burgess intended to write a story of human maturity and progression, and believed that Kubrick's film lacked a balance between goodness and evil. To conclude, the paper questions whether or not Kubrick had the right to alter Burgess' meaning.

From the Paper:

"The film, on the other hand, does not include this rebirth. The film closes with, "I was cured all right." This sarcastic statement completely changes the theme of the film from a positive message of genuine change to a pessimistic view of the world. It illustrates that evil will ultimately prevail over morality when free-will is granted. It also ends the film on a rather unrealistic note, suggesting that people can be completely evil, without a hint of internal goodness. Yet we as humans are a mixture of good and evil. This idea reflects Kubrick's cynical view on life; that people are driven by greed and violence."

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