Clockwork Orange

Clockwork Orange

When Anthony Burgess wrote A Clockwork Orange, John Anthony Burgess Wilson created his own world set in London during a future time when gangs and violence are rampant on the streets, “which is his own particular vision of horrors yet to come.” (Olsen 114). Burgess created in his book a setting of a “dystopian novel” as opposed to a “utopian” novel. Concepts of Utopian society were based on the ideas of Sir Thomas Mores visions of an ideal society in his book Utopia. After World War II, the dystopian novel had become more commonplace and was a literary staple of the times. This particular brand of literature stressed the overly pessimistic view of human nature and featured, as was presented in A Clockwork Orange, violence as well as the dark areas of human behavior and society.

This novel of a young fifteen-year-old boy known only by the name of Alex, is not an exception. Alex, the antihero, and his three “droogs” are a gang of youngsters who goes around in the dangerous streets of London, fighting, raping, pillaging, and all the basic doings generally associated with anarchy. This young hoodlum is eventually betrayed to the police by his own gang

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