English 103 - A Clockwork Orange

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Describe the language of the novel. the language is a type of slang or dialect called Nadsat, a teen language. this language is full of diminutives and endearments, fond infantile names like eggiwegs and jammiwams. very playful and child like. The adults speak standard English while the younger children use different slang. the novel is very complex in language
What can we infer about Alex's intelligence by his use of language? he is able to switch between Nadsat, standard English, and even Shakespearean style language. this shows he has linguistic competence and thus has a high intelligence. his drooges cannot do this but he can
What effect does the use of Nadsat have on the interpretation of the novel brutality? at first it shields the reader from it was it takes time to really understand the language. later though the language makes the violence sound trivial and normal which perhaps makes it even more horrifying
How does book two start? Alex has been sentenced for 14 years and has been in prison for 2. he hates it there and he hates the other prisoners. he talks about how he was sentenced and how he is referred to as a number instead of his name
What does he learn while in there? While his old droogs were out robbing an iron bar fell on Georgie and he died
All he prisoners go to Church on Sunday? How does Alex feel about this? he loves listening to the music so he enjoys going. He likes reading the violent and sexual parts of the bible but not the rest. The Chaplin thinks that Alex is reforming but he is still the same as he always was
What kind of a relationship does Alex and the Chaplain have? what does Alex ask him about? Alex serves as an informer for the Chaplain but usually just makes up stories. He asks the Chaplain about a new treatment that could shorten his sentence. the Chaplin is against the treatment as it makes you into a good person against your will and he thinks if a man can't choose then he is no longer a man
What questions are raised? does choice make a man human? Where does goodness come from?
What happens when a new prisoner is brought in? the first night he tries to climb into Alex's bed. Alex and him fight and the guards are called. They guards say their problem can wait til morning but once they leave all the prisoners take turns beating him up. In the morning the man has died and they all blame it on Alex
What happens in response to the man dying? All the prisoners are put on lock down and an official comes that day. Alex is chosen for the treatment because of what he did and he is thrilled.
how does the Chaplain feel about Alex's fate? He gets upset because he believes that he will loose his humanity and his soul
What happens to him at the beginning of the treatment? at first he is very happy as they give him real food and a nice room and pajamas. he has to take a shot and some pills but he thinks they are just vitamins
What do we know about Alex based on his outlook? he is clever and smart but very naive. He really believes things will be easy and short and he will still be himself after he watches the films and gets out.
Describe Alex's reaction to violence after treatment? He feels physically sick when he sees or even thinks about violence and the only way to push it back is to do something non-violent or submissive. it doesn't effect the way he thinks or his moral character, only his inability to act on his impulses
Can we relate to Alex at all? he has a love for music which makes him human. the doctors, on the other hand have no such taste
What are the risks of the treatment? he could have an aversion to the music used in the films as well as self defense or the act of love
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