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Is moral depravity better than forced morality?

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This is such a difficult question to answer. One could argue in favor of either position based on the context of Anthony Burgess's novel, so I will do my best to explain both sides.

First, one could argue that the text indicates forced morality is better. Before Alex is reconditioned in prison with the Ludovico Technique, he is a mercilessly violent young criminal. He actually enjoys violence, his crimes only increasing in depravity, culminating with the gang rape that causes the victim to die. He has no...

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