Strangelove co-screenwriter Terry Southern gave him a copy on the set of that film. Southern enjoyed the biting black humor of the book, and thought Kubrick should consider adapting it into a movie. Kubrick allegedly didn't like the book upon first reading because of the Nadsat language Burgess created for the novel. The language, literally translated as the Russian word for "teen" and comprised of Russian and Cockney rhyming slang, confused the eventual director until he revisited the source material after his efforts to make a biopic about Napoleon fell through.
The whole thing is set in a slightly dystopian, very near future and explores issues of original sin, punishment and revenge, free will, and the nature of evil. Writing a fictionalised account from the point of view of the perpetrator is extraordinary: Themes Why is Alex as he is?
Can people like Alex be cured, and if so, how? Enter the Ludovico Technique, whereby Alex is injected with emetics before being strapped, with his eyelids held open, to watch videos of extreme physical Clockwork orange sexual violence.
He becomes conditioned to be unable to commit such acts, or even to watch or think about them. This raises more questions than it solves. Goodness comes from within… Goodness is something chosen.
When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man. Do the ends justify the means? Dr Brodsky thinks so: We are only concerned with cutting down crime. The possibility of redemption is a common thread, reaching its peak in this final chapter.
Burgess was raised as a Catholic, educated in Catholic schools, but lost his faith aged sixteen. He continued to have profound interest in religious ideas, though, as explained here.
The final chapter omitted from US editions of the book untiland also the film feels incongruously optimistic in some ways, but by suggesting the true answer as to what will cure delinquency is… maturity, it might be thought the most pessimistic chapter. Is teen violence an inevitable cycle: And if so, is that acceptable to society?
Burgess invented it from Russian with a bit of Cockney rhyming slang and Malay, because real teen slang is so ephemeral, the book would quickly seem dated otherwise.
He wanted the book published without a glossary, and it is written so carefully, that the meaning is usually clear, and becomes progressively so, as you become accustomed to it: The skill of carefully used context makes Russian-based Nadsat much easier to follow than the dialect of Riddley Walker see my review HEREeven though the latter is based on mishearings of English.
Nadsat lends a mesmerising and poetic aspect to the text that is in sharp contrast to the revulsion invoked by some of the things Alex does: In the film, this effect is somewhat diluted because you SEE these acts. What happened in between, I wonder?
There is always the painful contrast of beautiful language describing unpleasant and horrific things. Similarly, the repetition of a few phrases is almost liturgical. I lay all nagoy to the ceiling… sloshing the sluice of lovely sounds. Oh it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh.
Yes, there are horrors in this book, but there is beauty too, and so much to think about. The ends of the book justify the means of its execution, even if the same is not true of what happens in the story.A Clockwork Orange takes place in a futuristic city governed by a repressive, totalitarian super-State.
In this society, ordinary citizens have fallen into a passive stupor of complacency, blind to the insidious growth of a rampant, violent youth culture. The protagonist of the story is Alex, a. Critics Consensus: Disturbing and thought-provoking, A Clockwork Orange is a cold, dystopian nightmare with a very dark sense of humor%.
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