The Truth Exposed In A Clockwork Orange

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The Truth Exposed in A Clockwork Orange

 
   Alex, the fifteen-year-old narrator of Anthony Burgess's novel, A Clockwork

Orange, lives in a society where violence reigns. This novel has a very direct

nature, and is often blunt to the point of offense, but this makes it more

powerful and helps to further its point.  This point is that everyone is out for

themselves, whether they be the police, government or citizens of this society.

 

      In this book, the police can be just as violent as Alex and his droogs,

or gang.  In fact, by the end of the novel, his droogs have themselves become

the police.  The police have no qualms about beating people almost to the point

of death as they do with Alex both at the beginning,  "...they all had a turn,

bouncing me from one to the other like some very weak bloody ball...and fisting

me in the yarbles and the [mouth] and the belly and dealing out kicks...I [was]

sick...on the floor..." (70) and at the end of the book for no other reason than

they feel like it. "...It was all panting and thudding against this like

background of whirring farm engines..."   (150) There seems to be no difference

between the people being beaten by streets punks such as Alex and the police,

who are supposed to protect them. The novel begins with the police doing little

to protect the citizens, for how else could a fifteen year old kid and three of

his friends rule the streets?  They also seem to relish beating Alex for the

reason that they don't get to do it often.  However, by the third part of this

book, crime is almost non-existent, but  the police are far more brutal.

Neither of these scenarios is the better of the two.  In fact the cops are not

out to help the people, they only want to serve themselves.  Alex, during his

first beating, confesses and hands his droogs to the police, but the police do

nothing to capture them.  The reason the people are so afraid "...then a bolt

drawn, then the door open an inch or so..." (19-20) is that they have to be,

since no one else seems to care about their well being.

 

     The government is not much better.  These corrupted individuals are only

out for themselves.  They are in power, like it, and want to stay there as long

as possible.  To achieve this end they will both tell the people what they want

and then do it for them.  One example of this deals with crime.  The citizens of

this society are fed up with it so the government gets rid of it using brutal

corrupt cops.  "The way that had been cleaned up, there being no longer any

dirty, ballooning slovos..."  (132) Since the People are not seeing the crimes

of the police, they believe that the government is protecting them and so are

appeased.  Another example of this deal more directly with Alex.  The citizens

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