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What does the phrase/title "clockwork orange" mean?  

The book's introduction, written by the author, has an explanation of the title. In it he writes the following explanation for the title. He says that the title refers to a person who has the...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2019 5:27 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018 3:08 pm UTC

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How is Alex the protagonist of A Clockwork Orange?

One of the interesting aspects of reading complex literature is that readers begin to encounter protagonists who have a multi-dimensional relationship with good and evil. In many children’s stories...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 5:20 pm UTC

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What dystopian features in A Clockwork Orange dehumanize characters?

The storyline bounces between two forms of sadism and dehumanization. The first is the violent acts of the main character, Alex. He is a young gang leader who violently rapes a woman and beats...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019 12:25 am UTC

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How can I use the psychoanalytic approach to analyze A Clockwork Orange?

The psychoanalytic approach can be applied to A Clockwork Orange in two ways. One way is to try and analyze the book itself, as well as its protagonist Alex. The other is to see how it is used...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 7:11 am UTC

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Some say A Clockwork Orange is comedic. How is this a sort of dark comedy, and what are some examples of it within...

I don't know if I would go as far as saying that this text represents an example of dark comedy. Perhaps we can relate the comedy to the fact that it is a satire on various beliefs and opinions....

Latest answer posted February 20, 2012 1:43 pm UTC

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What might have influenced Anthony Burgess's writing of A Clockwork Orange?

The changing culture in England and the development of a youth culture influenced Burgess to want to explore and write about teenagers. For example, at the time he wrote the novel, England was...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 7:21 pm UTC

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In A Clockwork Orange, how does Alex explain his choice to commit violence?

Alex is interesting in that he willfully chooses to do wrong. He is not presented as someone who was abused by his family and therefore takes it out on the world—his parents are presented as...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 1:17 pm UTC

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What social statements does A Clockwork Orange make and how does it relate to violence?

A Clockwork Orange challenges the ideas of free will and power in society. On the one hand, Alex and his friends choose freely to exert their will upon others. They are incredibly violent towards...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010 7:50 pm UTC

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What are a few ways that A Clockwork Orange connects to sociology?  

The people in the world of A Clockwork Orange are going through a sociological crisis. Sociology is the study of the development, structure, and functioning of society. The ruling class characters...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018 3:01 pm UTC

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What are some important quotes throughout A Clockwork Orange?

What a superb device he can be, this boy. If anything, of course, he could for preference look even iller and more zombyish than he does. Anything for the cause. This quotation comes from Z....

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 8:24 am UTC

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How would I make an argument of free will vs. the conformity of roles presented in an idyllic society based on A...

Both Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and George Orwell’s 1984 address dystopian societies in which individual thought is less valuable than conformity to the status quo. While these novels...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2016 6:58 am UTC

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Which theory would be the best one to approach A Clockwork Orange?

Many different critical approaches can be used to examine A Clockwork Orange. Because of it’s complex polyglot style, it can be said to function as a bricolage. This sort of composition lends...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012 1:33 pm UTC

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Why did Anthony Burgess use so many made-up words when writing A Clockwork Orange?

A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian work set in the near-future, and so it involves a specific sort of future slang created by Anthony Burgess. He based his slang terms on rhyming slang, which is...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2012 12:17 am UTC

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What function does the artificial slang- "Nadsat"- serve in A Clockwork Orange?

Nadsat--or teenage--slang sets Alex and his friends off as a subculture. They don't speak standard English, and this helps establish that they look at the world through a different lens. Further,...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018 12:17 am UTC

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What is the symbolism of music in "A Clockwork Orange"?  

Little Alex loves Beethoven. Although Alex is a thorough-going sociopath in every other respect, having no regard or empathy for the people he terrorizes, gang rapes, beats, and kills for his...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2018 1:01 pm UTC

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What are the ethical questions raised in A Clockwork Orange and how are they treated?

Burgess raises a number of ethical issues in A Clockwork Orange, but all of them ultimately boil down to the perennial question of free will. Down through the centuries, a largely unresolved debate...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 9:07 am UTC

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In A Clockwork Orange, give examples of negative reinforcement.

The clearest example of negative reinforcement in this novel is of course the way that Alex is "cured" of his violent tendencies through associating extreme violence with illness. The Ludovico...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2013 6:04 am UTC

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Which events or issues might have influenced the writing of A Clockwork Orange, while acknowledging that it was...

Interestingly, a massive influence on Anthony Burgess was a trip that he took to the Soviet Union, what is now Russia. Burgess was both fascinated and shocked in equal measure by the various gangs...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 1:15 pm UTC

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Analyze the tripartite structure of A Clockwork Orange and its function.

The tripartite structure of A Clockwork Orange is there to give shape to Alex's moral development. By dividing his life into three discrete parts, Burgess shows us Alex's transition from a kind of...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 8:47 am UTC

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Is moral depravity better than forced morality?

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...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 3:38 am UTC

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How do the differences between the book A Clockwork Orange and its film adaption affect the development of theme...

The central difference between the book (with the original ending intact) and the Kubrick adaptation is the ending. In the book, Alex grows up and changes his evil ways, deciding to settle down and...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 2:41 am UTC

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Discuss the parody and the elements of dark humor in the novel A Clockwork Orange and its adaptation.

There are quite a few ways to talk about parody and dark humor in A Clockwork Orange. When we talk about "parody," we're talking about a comic imitation of a style or genre. For example, the Scary...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 2:59 pm UTC

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Analyze Kubrick's adaptation of A Clockwork Orange. Consider the use of dark humor and satire, music, and other art...

While Stanley Kubrick was known to take liberties when he adapted books (most infamously with Stephen King's The Shining), his adaptation of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange is mostly faithful...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 12:29 pm UTC

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How much does the controversy provoked by representations of sex and violence depend on the medium in which those...

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...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2012 12:49 am UTC

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I have found themes for A Clockwork Orange, but I am trying to approach this book under postmodernism. How can I do...

If I were you, I would want to approach this text through analysing the concept of free will. In a sense, this text asks a massive postmodernist question, which is what it is to be human. Through...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2012 1:31 pm UTC

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What is the function of nadsat in A Clockwork Orange, and how does it shape the reader's response depending on...

Nadsat is the Russian-based version of English used by Alex and his friends in the novel. They can use standard English whenever they want or need to. However, they prefer to create an identity and...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 11:48 am UTC

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Why is Burgess' work set in a futuristic England if technology does not play a major role in the setting?

I tend to think that Burgess is constructing a vision of the future that is not the stereotypical notion of the future. Traditionally, when works discuss "the future" they do so with the presence...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2012 4:57 pm UTC

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Alex and his "droogs" speak a strange slang that utilizes Russian words and idioms along with English. What might...

It sounds like there are two parts to your query, so let’s take a good look at all you’re asking about. First, there’s a question about Burgess’s invention and use of the Russified slang spoken by...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2020 7:22 pm UTC

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