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"A Clockwork Orange" By Anthony Burgess.

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A clockwork Orange by Anthony burgess is one of the most interesting, and suspended book that I have come across in a long time. Alex, the main character is only 15 years old. That is what made his role so shocking, because of the actions he commits, such as raping and murdering, especially for a teen that young. The book genre could be categorized as horror, drama, and Sci-Fi.It never states in the book when this story takes place, but I think the time that this takes place is in the 90s. I say this, because when they stole the car it was a 95 Durango, so I imagine it takes place some times in the mid 90's. "...but there was a newish Durango 95 that I though might do." (P.18) This quote proves that the car was made in 1995. So in this case, since the story line took place some time in the 1990's, and the story was written in the 1970's, the author meant the story to take place in the future at the time the book was written. I believe from my own judgment, that the time taken place was when there was a lot of crime going around on the streets. It seemed like the book took place in the early or mid 1900's. "I see you have books under your arm, brother. It is indeed a rare pleasure these days to come across somebody that still reads, brother."(Page 8) This quote shows that at the time when the book took place, it was rare for a person to come across another person who was educated. People in the early time were not educated and did not go to school, but spent their time helping out their parents on farms.The book is divided into three sections of seven chapters. The first section was about how Alex and his gang members committed crimes. They beat up a young professor and an old drunk, rape women and kill an old woman. They then go to an author's house to rob him, and rape his wife in front of his husband, the author. The second section described the time Alex spent in prison. He assisted the chaplain of the prison, and he found out he may be able to get out of jail early if he undergoes a new treatment called the Ludovico's Technique. Finally, the last part was about Alex's cure. He did undergo some major side effects. Alex would become sick for every time he thought about music, sex, and drugs. With this side effect, he had people who he abuse come back and take advantage of him. Alex then tries to commit suicide, thinking he can leave all his pain and struggles behind, but fails in doing so, since the suicide did not go successful. Alex is then taken to the hospital where they to had unconditioned him from the new treatment. In the last chapter, he meets his old gang member Pete, and then finds out that he is now married, and his life style has changed. Alex thinks about how violence is a childish thing. He to feels how he wants a wife of his own, after seeing Pete have one. And from that point on, he gives up violence forever.The major conflict in this book was adaptation with society. Alex could not adapt with the presents of the society. Alex...

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