A 666-Character Review of ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Alex DeLarge loves violence, rape, and Beethoven above all else. When he is finally put away for his crimes, he agrees to be part of a government experiment to condition him to hate all he loves, including music. A Clockwork Orange is a controversial movie that depicts horrific images alongside gorgeous classical music. Once conditioned, Alex is no longer equipped to survive this world as his old friends, enemies, and family turn on him once he can no longer defend himself. His physical reactions prompt him to commit acts of good instead of any sort of morality or concerted effort. It feels strange to have such an odious character deserve sympathy after disgusting actions. The film shows a society that both condemns Alex and proves his worst traits necessary in a toxic, unforgiving world.

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Elizabeth Talbott

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