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What dystopian features in A Clockwork Orange dehumanise characters?

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Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:40 AM via web

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What dystopian features in A Clockwork Orange dehumanise characters?

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yeonac | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 23, 2012 at 7:26 AM (Answer #1)

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A dystopia is a form of a society that is in a repressed state, usually under the facade of being utopian. The government in A Clockwork Orange uses the Ludovico Technique to force goodness upon criminals by disabling them from performing any kind of violence. Although the battle between good and evil is a common theme in most literature, A Clockwork Orange introduces a slightly twisted question: which is worse, chosen evil or forced good?

The Ludovico Technique used on Alex in the novel represents the government's interference with personal liberties, and the potential dangers of such interferences. It is easily comparable to one of the most famous dystopia novels, 1984 by George Orwell, in which government brainwashing of Oceania's citizens was commonly used as method of control.

 

*Ludovico Technique involves forcing a patient to watch violent images and films for a long time, while under the influence of nausea-inducing dug. After several sessions, violence is directly associated with extreme nausea and the patient is unable to perform any kind of violence without being affected by nausea.

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