Clockwork Orange

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In A Clockwork Orange, the main character is that of a mildly young

child of 15 who, along with his fellow friends, or "Droogs", partake in

evenings of Ultra-Violence. Ultra Violence consists of random beatings,

theft, destruction, and rape. The main character, Alex, is the

self-proclaimed leader of the pack, and makes judgment on their actions

pending on his mood. His Droogs eventually find themselves under his

direct rule, following his every word, and decide to challenge his

authority. The three Droogs (Dim, Georgie, and Pete) join Alex on his

romp to a local "fat farm" to pillage the goods therein. Inside, Alex

stumbles upon the owner of the resort, and after a length scuffle with

her, ends up giving her a blow to the head with a rather large, ceramic

replica of an erect penis. When he leaves the outer gates of the complex,

Dim surprises him by smacking a milk bottle against his face.


counterparts escape while little Alex is left bleeding and blinded to deal

with the police. Upon interrogation of Alex, he discovers that the blow

he delivered to the young lady was a fatal one. He is charged with

first-degree murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison. While there, he

befriends the resident minister and becomes a helper to his service. The

minister, Alex soon discovers, is a part in a new form of treatment that

is trying to be implemented prisons to help "cure" inmates from committing

acts of violence. Through luck and discussion with the higher officials in

the prison, Alex is chose to be a guinea pig for the experiment, and is

sent to become "inoculated from violence". The treatment consisted of

Alex being strapped down to a chair in front of a cinema screen, having

electrodes attached...