tFree Will in A Clockwork Orange and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Free will is a right given to us when we are born as human beings. However, depending on different circumstances that right can be easily taken away based on where you live, or the actions that one can do to them. In A Clockwork Orange, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the characters throughout both novels and films have controlled free will because of different circumstances.
There are various definitions of free will. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines free will as “voluntary choice or decision, or freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention”. (Merriam Websters Dictionary) Shaun Nichols, writer for Scientific American writes the following about free will:
“The debate over free will is one example in which our intuitions conflict with scientific and philosophical arguments. Something similar holds for intuitions about consciousness, morality, and a host of other existential concerns. Typically philosophers deal with these issues through careful thought and discourse with other theorists. In the past decade, however, a small group of philosophers have adopted more data-driven methods to illuminate some of these confounding questions. These so-called experimental philosophers administer surveys, measure reaction times and image brains to understand the sources of our instincts. If we can figure out why we feel we have free will, for example, or why we think that consciousness consists of something more than patterns of neural activity in our brain, we might know whether to give credence to those feelings. That is, if we can show that our intuitions about free will emerge from an untrustworthy process, we may decide not to trust those beliefs.” (Nichols)
In both titles, there are given examples of why free will is controlled to the main characters. In A Clockwork Orange, Alex is able to do whatever he wants for the most part with no consequence. Alex commits violent crimes with no punishment. However, after he spends time in jail and Ludovico Treatment, his free will is taken away, because he can no longer commit violent acts. Instead, every time Alex even thinks the slightest thought of violence, he immediately has a stomach cramp and kneels down and almost has to vomit as a result of being brain washed and can’t control himself.
In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep the androids have a controlled life span. Even though they are made stronger, and for the most part, more durable than actual human beings, they have a controlled life length. The life length is only four years for each android, however, the creators behind the androids, refuse to reveal how much time each has left and therefore are controlling their free will.
The combinations of the two are relatable because both have themes of human power over one another. A Clockwork Orange has a theme of human power because of the Ludovico Treatment...