The Literary Merit Of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange And Exploring Reasons Why It Was Banned

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There are many books that have been banned or challenged, but the one that is being presented in this paper is Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. The topic of this paper is to inform you of many things and when you have finished it will have you leaving asking yourself one question. First, a summary of A Clockwork Orange will be shared with you, so that you can have an insight as to how the rest of the paper relates to the book. Second, you will find out where, why and when the book was banned and/or challenged and you will discover what the book contains that would “offend” people. Finally, you will discover the literary merit of this book, which means you will discover if is a work of quality.

Before I get into all the specifics I’m going to give you a summary of the book I picked
to read. A Clockwork Orange is an interesting book, to say the least, about a young teenager, named Alex, who has lost his way, so to speak, and commits several serious crimes. These crimes that Alex and his “droogs” commit include: murdering, raping, beat downs, robbery, etc.

However, Alex is eventually caught and is sent to jail. After killing a fellow cellmate Alex is
chosen to undergo a new “treatment” that the State has developed to “reform” criminals. After the State strips him of his choice to choose between good and evil, Alex can only do good now and even thinking of doing something bad makes him violently ill. Then, Alex is “rehabilitated” considered “rehabilitated”. Afterwards Alex is released where he encounters an “ex-droog” and one of his enemies, they beat him to a pulp and leave him out in the middle of nowhere. After coming to his senses, Alex makes his way to a house and in that house, right before Alex went to prison, he raped a woman and the shock of it killed her. Her husband, who had no idea Alex was one of the ones’ responsible because they were wearing masks, takes Alex in and nurses him back to health. Upon finding out who Alex is, he tries to get Alex to commit suicide but it doesn’t work. While he does jump out of a window, the fall does not kill him. He then wakes up in a hospital where the treatment of the State is reversed and Alex is returned to his old self.

Once released from the hospital he gathers a new gang and engages in the same crimes as he did before, but he soon begins to become tired of this life and wishes to settle down.

Before I tell you why this book has been banned and/or challenged I’m going to tell you
when and where it has been challenged. A Clockwork Orange has been banned and/or
challenged very few times from what I’ve found. This book has been and was banned in Aurora,...

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