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A Clockwork Orange
Transcript of A Clockwork Orange
Dystopian novel, set in the future
Anthony Burgess claims to have written the short book in 3 weeks.
A film based on the book was released in 1971.
The film is extremely explicit, and is banned more than the book. The Facts: Instances of violence (which are mostly alluded to in the book, and actually shown in the film. SO, why was it banned? Good VS. Evil and the choice for one or the other
Government control and becoming a "machine" made by and for society
Enjoyment of life
Morals and ethics of psychological testing Some common themes in the novella: Rape scenes on more than one occasion The lackadaisical view of fighting and killing Some scenes that may be psychologically harmful A quick plot summary: The narrator and main character of the story is Alex, a fifteen-year-old boy. Him and his friends speak in a language made almost completely of slang (nadsat). They enjoy "ultraviolence", which includes rape, murder, and violence, of course. They spend much of their time at the Korova Milkbar, a bar that serves milk laced with drugs. Alex is arrested for beating and raping a woman, and is sent to prison. However, he is released early on the condition that he will participate in a psychological study about conditioned aversion. Through the experiment, Alex learns to associate violence with nausea and vomiting, and so he can no longer participate in the activities that he so enjoyed (classical music as well). When Alex is released, his old pals waste no time in beating him almost to death, since they believe that he is not one of them anymore. While dragging himself along, looking for help, he ends up in the house of the woman that he beat and raped years and years ago. The woman died from sustained injuries from Alex's escapade, and her husband lures Alex in, only to lock him upstairs and blare classical music (as a form of torture). Alex jumps out of the high window and is admitted to a hospital. Doctors reverse the psychological treatment that was administered to Alex, and he returns to his old self, back to committing some ultraviolence. However, years later, he decides that his life is going nowhere, and eventually settles down. Anthony Burgess Born John Burgess Wilson in Manchester, U.K.
His mother and sister died in 1918, which had a great effect on his writings.
Attended Xaverian College and University of Manchester and graduated with a degree in Literature in 1940.
Served in the Army from 1940-1946.
Burgess was a novelist, a playwright, a journalist, and a composer.
First novel published in 1956 under the pen name "Anthony Burgess.
Published seven complete novels by 1962. Around this time, he adopted another pen name, Joseph Kell.
Died of lung cancer at the age of 76. Instances of Banning Book seller in Utah was arrested in 1973. Charges were dropped, but the man had to relocate his shop.
Removed from a Colorado high school due to "objectionable" language in 1976.
Removed from two Alabama high schools, but later reinstated on a restricted basis. http://www.stagger.net/books/banned.htm Other works by Burgess: Time for a Tiger (1956)
The Right to an Answer (1960)
Tremor of Intent (1966)
Earthly Powers (1980) Sources: http://www.anthonyburgess.org/about-anthony-burgess/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066921/