A Clockwork Orange

by Anthony Burgess
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How much does the controversy provoked by representations of sex and violence depend on the medium in which those actions appear? With particular reference to A Clockwork Orange, the film's representation of the rape scene was much less graphic than the book. Also any other references may be used. Any thoughts guys?

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Film is not only a visual medium but an aural one. Many critiques and analyses of A Clockwork Orange as a work of cinema do not necessarily consider it as an adaptation of a literary work but as a text in its own right (and some might argue all films should stand alone in this way). The rape scenes are not only highly visual but are accompanied by music which creates it own aesthetic and emotional response in the viewer. In one example, the music is even show to affect the actions and moods of the characters, who perform "Singin' in the Rain" as they brutally attack one victim. The addition of sound to these representations adds a layer of emotional and visceral impact that may not be present for those reading the novel, and in this way the experiene of watching the film may lead to a more intense experience for a viewer, which could thereby generate a deeper sense of controversy.

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