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How can I approach A Clockwork Orange using a postmodernist approach or theory?

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Think about typical postmodernist themes and how they could be applied to A Clockwork Orange. Here are a few ideas.

Irony: One of the most ironic things about ACO is that Alex views himself as having full free will before the Ludovico Treatment. Indeed, this could be the case, but there are hints that Alex is brainwashed by society and culture even before he was taken in by the State scientists. The epilogue spells this out a little, with the mature Alex viewing his former thug self as a machine obsessed with destruction.

Pastiche: The nadsat slang is a pastiche of Russian, Cockney, and Romani words,...

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