Violence and Alex's Reclamation in "A Clockwork Orange" General Overview of A Clockwork Orange, covering most important factors.

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Nobody is really sure what Conformity is or whether it is a good or bad thing. The two books described below try to find the answer to both of these questions. The two books are; A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and 1984 by George Orwell. They both have a society where someone or something is trying contain the populace. In 1984 the society is being held down as tight as a pinhead, whereas in A Clockwork Orange the government are just trying to keep order, not make everyone comply to their own regulations. That is where freedom comes into it. In both of the books the main characters are trying to break free.

Anthony Burgess's main character Alex is extremely complex. During the evening the character is out doing a bit of 'ultra-violence' but during the day he listens to some of the great historical composers. This is almost a case of schizophrenia but the character knows this and there is no sudden change.

He knows what he is doing but enjoys it. The character also has morals and standards. He hates the slobs and drunks that inhabit the streets at night and he also has a fashion sense. He is made out to be an artist by the author.

There are many functions of Nadsat. To actually make a brand new language takes a high degree of intelligence. Although not displayed by the character it is there and Nadsat proves it. Also during scenes when the main character is alone and listening to his classical music Burgess deliberately depicts that he is a knowledgeable person. He does this by showing the characters feelings about the music:

"Now what I fancied first tonight was this new violin concerto by the American Geoffrey Plautus, played by the Odysseus...