A Clockwork Orange Notes Essay

544 words - 3 pages

Genre: Novel

Author: Anthony Burgess

Setting: Alex home/room.

Time: Futuristic

Language: His language reveals his age, there is no doubt that he is a teenager. He has made up a lot of words himself.

Narrator/Main charachter: Alex, fifteen-year old boy, First person narrator. This way we get to read what Alex feels and thinks. He ditches school.

Fallible or infallible?: Betyder: Fejbarlig og infejlbarlig. Is he trustworthy/reliable or not? Most of the short stories we read, has a infallible narrator. (usually a 1st person narrator).

His parents?: His mother works in the supermarket, low paid job. His farther is a manufactorer. Working class.

What happens?: On page 149 P.R Deltoid visits Alex, P.R Deltoid is his Post-Corrective Adviser. Alex ...view middle of the document...

How is modern youth?: Lack of parental discipline, wild.

The Society: 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 fifteen-year-old boy who narrates in a teenage slang called nadsat, which incorporates elements of Russian and Cockney English. Alex leads a small gang of teenage criminals—Dim, Pete, and Georgie—through the streets, robbing and beating men and raping women. Alex and his friends spend the rest of their time at the Korova Milkbar, an establishment that serves milk laced with drugs, and a bar called the Duke of New York.

Alex: The fifteen-year-old narrator and protagonist. Alex is the vicious leader of a gang of criminals who occasionally go to school by day and then rape and pillage by night. He loves classical music and finds that violence and music provide him with similar kinds of aesthetic pleasure. Alex believes that commitment to ideals—whatever those ideals might be—is of paramount importance, and he disdains people who seem to him to be living without purpose. Despite Alex’s brutality and his natural leadership potential, Alex remains quite naïve and immature, which allows him to be manipulated by both the government and F. Alexander’s political dissidents.

P.R deltoid: Alex’s Post-Corrective Adviser, or Probation Officer. Deltoid is a tired and overworked public servant who labors at his job even as he grows increasingly aware of how little it actually helps. Alex confounds him because Alex’s violence does not share any characteristics with the typical explanations of human behavior to which Deltoid ascribes.

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