Anthony Burgess World Literature Analysis - Essay

Anthony Burgess World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Burgess seems not only fascinated with language but also obsessed with it. Though he claims to have avoided “overmuch word play and verbal oddity” in deference to his reading public, his novels are nevertheless filled, occasionally distractingly so, with wordplay. Sometimes, as in A Clockwork Orange, this playing with language creates a new language, one that becomes more powerful than English could have been for portraying the subject matter. When A Clockwork Orange’s gang member-narrator, Alex, describes “a bit of the ultra violence” as fine and “horrorshow,” or describes as “sophistoes” two adolescent girls intent on seduction, the language defines Alex as much as, if not more than, his...

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