Part 3 Chapters 6-7, “Aftermath”

The gruesome novel is coming to an end, and Alex’s story is coming to a close. He has been through much and readers find discomfort in wishing for Alex to find peace.

Chapter 6 of part 3 finds Alex feeling his bones fracture. Alex realizes that Alexander and his friends were trying to use his suicide against the government. Alex awakes from a coma not knowing who he is or why he can’t feel anything. The chaplain comes in the room and tells Alex he has quit the Staja and is doing sermons. Alex then once again loses consciousness on and off. He wakes up and sees Alexanders friends, telling Alex he has “served liberty well.” Alex protests as much as he can with a banged up mouth. They show Alex a newspaper with Alex on the headlines bearing a down with the government headline. This excites Alex, who strangely isn’t made sick by the thought. Alex falls into dreams doing ultraviolent stuff and awakes not feeling sick. His parents are in the room and his dad asks him to come home as his mom sobs. Alex curses them out of the room. He asks the nurse how long he has been in the hospital. Its been about a week. Alex asks if his treatment may have been reversed. She says its all for the best. A couple of days later doctors test Alex and confirm that the treatment has been reversed. He continues to get better, and then the minister of the interior enters. The minister calls Alex a friend while Alex calls him an enemy. They converse for a while. The minister says there is a high paying job waiting on him. He reminds Alex they out away Alexander who wants his life. A photographer shouts at Alex to smile and Alex does. A picture making them look like old friends is taken. The minister now brings him a stereo. Upon Alex’s signature Beethoven’s ninth begins to play.

The final chapter starts with Alex and his three new friends, Len, Rick, and Bully. The four of them sit it Korova milkbar drinking milk-plus and figure out what trouble to get into. They are dressed in the heighth of fashion which has changed, and their heads are shaven. Alex is the oldest and is kind of the leader, but Bully wants to takeover. Alex is fine with that, he is tired of being the leader. He has the highest paying job of the four, working for the National Gramodisc Archives. Feeling the drugs, Alex punches a dude in the stomach and orders the gang to leave the bar. Bully beats on the guy more first. The gang thinks about getting a glass of something from the Duke of New York. Alex plays along. They sit down next to the same old women from the begging of the book and flirt with Alex the for freebies. Alex doesn’t want to buy the freebies with his hard earned paper, but he falls into the pressure and buys them around and gets himself a small beer. A newspaper clipping of a baby drops to the floor. His entourage makes fun of him. Alex tears up at the photo and is embarrassed. Alex excuses himself. Alex has been in his feelings and listening to sappy music instead of his classical music. He gets a cup of tea at his coffee house. He notices Pete is in the coffeehouse with his wife Georgina. Pete is now an ordinary middle class man. The two discuss about Georgie and Dim. Georgina is amused by Alex’s funny speech. Alex cannot believe how grown Georgie looks, and married. The couple leaves Alex wanting a wife and son of his own to teach what he has learned in life, and Alex realizes he is no longer young.

Alex has shown moral transformation and is not the same person he was in the beginning. Yes he is still violent, but he has slight moral compass, or maybe a lack of violent rage with his age. He is a more mature person and wants a family. Maybe this is where Alex will find his peace.

Part 3 Chapters 4-5, “Deja Vu”

Alex stumbles on a gate that says “Home” on it. He feels like he has seen this before. He knocks and someone answers. He tells the man that police have beat him and left him to die. The man leads Alex to a fire. Alex remembers why this place is so familiar. The middle-aged man offers Alex whiskey. Alex notices the manuscript of A Clockwork Orange he had before ripped apart. The man offers Alex a bath and a meal. The man says he knows who Alex is. To Alex’s relief, he says he saw him in the paper, not yet recalling what he did to him (maybe?). The man wants to know Alex’s story. Alex treads carefully on his criminal history, and tells the man of his treatment. The writer is enraged about it. Cruel and unusual is how he sees it. Making Alex a shell of a human. The writer wants Alex to help overthrow the current government for turning him into a repressed clockwork. Alex agrees. The writer talks about how he struggles with chores since his wife’s passing. He goes into detail of his wife’s death. Alex then gets sick and the writer tells him to go to bed.

Chapter 5 begins when Alex awakes. Alex tries to search and find out the authors name. He looks on the Clockwork Orange manuscript. His name is F. Alexander. Ironically sharing part of Alex’s name. He flips through the book, wondering if his wife’s death has driven him mad. Alexander fixes Alex breakfast. He informs Alex he has been making phone calls all morning, calling Alex a valued person in overthrowing the government. He calls them brutal and dictators. Alex wonders why he is so anti establishment. The writer says he is defending liberty. Alex wants to know whats in it for him. Alexander shows Alex an article he’s written for him. Soon to be published. It is described as a long weepy piece. The doorbell rings and three men enter. Z. Doblin, Rubinstein, and D.B. da silva. Alexander becomes suspicious when his speech pattern becomes familiar. Alex argues he doesn’t want to be a martyr, like his old pal Dim. It then resonates with the writer. He has now realized who Alex is, and the crime he committed on his wife. Alexander’s friends drag Alex down. Alex pleads he has paid for his sins to no avail. They bring Alex to an apartment and tell Alex it is his new home. He feels sick about the crime he committed is left their. They then begin to torture him with classical music. He reads a pamphlet in the room that says “Death to the government” another reads, “Open the window to fresh air…” He then knows what he must do. He leaps from the window, and “Thanks God for a ruined life.”

Alex continues to pay for his previous actions and nobody feels sorry for the poor devil. His journey is not yet over, though.

Part 3 Chapters 2-3 “Old Friends”

Alex has now been released into civilization. He feels like everyone wants him to suffer, and much has changed around him. Things do not get better for the new and improved Alex. Can one begin to feel sorry for the little devil?

Chapter 2 starts whenAlex wonders into his old record shop, but the old customer rep, Andy, is gone. A teenager now runs the store. Alex wants to listen to Mozart Number 40 in the listening booth. The teenager teases him for his music taste. Alex feels his temper, but forgets about it and smiles at the teen. In the booth the wrong song plays, but instead of getting mad, he feels sick. He realizes his treatment has ruined classical music for him. He crawls out of the booth and goes to the Korova Milkbar. It is early in the morning so the place is empty. Alex orders a double laced large milk. He then begins his trip. He starts to make funny noises and talk religious nonsense. He feels light, like he is in heaven. He grows warm and cold, then collapses. He begins to cry and wish for death. He doesn’t know how to kill himself without getting sick. Alex researches methods of killing himself while drifting to sleep. There are a lot of books, and Alex goes from one to another. He flips through a medical book that makes him sick to see wounds. He takes down the Bible, thinking it may comfort him. Unfortunately for him, he starts to cry about jews fighting each other and all the violence in the book he once enjoyed sickens him. An old man asks him whats the matter and they converse. A second old man recognizes Alex. Alex beat him up once. Alex responds that he has been punished. The old man asks why he had not been exterminated. The old man calls for the other old people to help teach Alex a lesson. Alex pleads for the librarian to help him and call the police, but the old men continue to beat him.

Chapter 3 kicks off when police must beat the old people to get them off Alex. Alex recognizes the cops. One of the older cops is Billyboy, Alex notices. The younger one is Dim, the droog who betrayed him. Those two and another policeman, Rex, force Alex into the police car. Alex wonders if this is some sick joke. Alex asks about Pete and feels sorry about Georgie. Dim teases Alex by pretending to forget Pete. They drive him into country as he begins to panic. Dim punches Alex in the nose. Billyboy and Dim proceed to beat him senseless. The cops leave him their. He then gets up in the rain and begins to walk.

In this chapter, Alex runs into enemies he has made, and faces the consequences. The place he once felt ahead of has left him behind.

Part 2 Chapter 7 and Part 3 Chapter 1, “The New Alex”

Alex is now a “changed man,” and his treatment comes to a close as he faces being released into the real world again.

In the final chapter if part 2, There is one more day left in Alex’s treatment, a “passing out day.” Alex is now given the clothes he was wearing when arrested, and a knife. He is led into the film room, but he notices that the curtains have been drawn in front of the silver screen and the frosted viewing under the glass has disappeared. The staja governor, the chaplain, the minister, and the doctors and other white coats are all in attendance for this viewing. Dr. Brodsky introduces Alex as a man ready to be released into the real world again. He states “Actions speak louder than words, observe all!” A light shines on Alex, and another shines on a man he has never seen. The man begins to taunt Alex, pinch his ears, and nose. He teases Alex and asks him to hit back. Alex reaches for his knife, but is overcome with pain. He imagines blood gushing out of the man. Alex pleads for the man to take his cigarettes, boots, and knife, realizing he needs to change his perspective of him before he gets ill. Alex licks his shoes, and the audience laughs. When the man is about to punch Alex, the doctor ends the showing. Dr. Brodsky explains how he no longer can commit violence, making him “more like Jesus.” Alex then asks if he’s just an animal, or a Clockwork orange (another reference to the title). The chaplain says that this is a result of his evil actions. They call in an actress, who is a beautiful woman. Alex feels an urge to rape her, but feels sick once more, and wants to think about something else. Alex offers to worship and protect the woman. The actress bows and leaves. The Doctor proclaims Alex will be a true Christian. The minister is amazed by how the treatment works. The chaplain says, “God help us all.” This chapter shows off Alex’s transformation and how he no longer can act violently and follow his intuition. Alex is no longer Alex in a sense.

In the first chapter of Part 3 Alex stands outside the facility and recalls his last day in it. It tires him out. He has to do interviews for TV, and photo sessions. He is glad to put it behind him and be free. He then decides to get some grub. He sits in a dark corner and eats while other men grab a a waitress who seems to enjoy the attention. Alex buys a paper and reads of an upcoming election. His own photography is on the second page. The first graduate from the place of his treatment. Alex throws the paper in anger. He takes a bus home on a quiet winter morning. The apartment seems cleaner than usual. Even the elevator works. Alex opens the door to his home and is surprised by his parents and a stranger, who asks who the hell he is. His parents ask how he has escaped prison, and Alex the explains. Alex asks who the man is, calling him old, ugly, and middle class. His dad takes up for the stranger, who’s name is Joe, who happens to be renting Alex’s room. Joe insults Alex and calls him a bad son. Joe says he has protected his parents like Alex should have, which alex finds amusing, as they all seem the same age. Alex, Upon realizing his stereo and records are gone, calls Joe a bastard. Alex’s Dad says the state has taken everything for compensation of the victims. Alex, baffled, sits. Joe demands he ask permission to sit. Alex replies with profanity, but feels sick. Alex parents insist they cannot just kick joe out, and Alex begins to cry and feel sorry for himself. Alex leaves saying he will never be seen again, and wishes he’d stayed in prison.

Alex struggles early on in his release from prison and wishes he would have never gotten the treatment that changed him into someone he is not

Part 2 chapters 5-6 “Torture or Punishment?”

Alex continues his “treatment” and realizes that these two weeks will be very excruciating and painful. He will not be the same person he came into the facility as.

Chapter 5 of part 2 kicks off with Alex refusing to describe the films he has been forced to watch this afternoon. Alex believes the people in the facility are sicker than any of the prisoners and lets it be known. He could not think of men sick enough as those who would make someone watch the films he would watch, which is ironic because he committed most of these crimes and watched himself do them. Alex is finally released to his room. Dr Banom then informs and warns him about his AM and PM sessions the next day. He comments Alex’s progress is “positive.” Sympathetic, the Doctor tells him that they must be tough on Alex because he must be cured. They talk about how Alex’s body must become “normal” again and unlearn evil by responding sickly to violence. Alex wonders if the white coats are doing something to make him ill, and thinks it may be the wires attached to him. The Doctor pats Alex on the head and then leaves. A discharge officer comes to ask alex of his plans after release. Alex wants to surprise his parents who know nothing of his pending release. They discuss what jobs Alex can have once he gets out. The discharge officer then asks Alex to punch him in the face. Alex is stunned, but proceeds to punch him anyway. He immediately falls ill, unable to punch the officer. He then goes to sleep, but has a nightmare about one of the films, and feels paralyzed and sick at the worst part of his dream. He wakes up and tries to escape the room to no avail, realizing there is no way out. He will not sleep not wanting to get sick. He still managed to eventually fall asleep but did not recall any dreams. This chapter digs into the early effects of his treatment and Alex already has changed due to his treatment.

Chapter 6 of part 2 opens with Alex begging for the white coats to stop playing the film. Dr. Brodsky is amazed with Alex’s progress, calling him “first class.” They play alex an old nazi film with Beethoven’s fifth symphony playing. Alex throws up and begs for it to stop again. He calls it an unforgivable sin to play this film with Beethoven’s fifth symphony. Dr. Brodsky knows nothing about music itself but knows it to be an emotional heightener. Dr. Banom calls it a necessary evil and a torture element to his treatment. Dr Brodsky explains the association as part of his treatment (being the music). Dr. Branom says this works almost like propaganda. Alex wonders if the wires are making him ill but Dr. Brodsky says that it is not the wires, so Alex assumes it must be the shot. Dr, Brodsky insists that resisting is useless and either way he will have to take it. Alex later pleads that he is against violence and is treated, but the white coats thing he is not yet cured, but Alex has less than a week in his treatment anyways. The next day, Alex hits a nurse to avoid taking the shot. He is then held down by five men and forced to take it. Alex says the days seem to blend together while asked to describe the films. The next day, the nurse never arrives, but Alex soon realizes the shots are no longer necessary. The film causes Alex to be sick, even without the shot. Alex sobs at the realization he will no longer be able to stand violence. He fakes illness and yells out that he is dying. White coats come in as Alex complains of appendix pain. Alex prepares to hit the first person who runs in, but the thought of someone in pain makes him sick. Alex realizes that he feels better receiving a punch than landing one.

Alex’s treatment is almost complete and he is now a person who can no longer stand violence without a will voice in the matter. He is robbed of what makes him a human being, that being free will.

Part 2 Chapters 3-4, “Transformation Begins”

As Alex sees his chance to get out of prison, he knows little of the painful transformation he will go through in order to gain his freedom

Chapter 3 of part 2 begins when prison guards drag Alex into the Governor’s office. The Governor informs Alex that he will begin a two week transformation that will end in his freedom. Alex is thrilled and gleefully expresses his gratitude, seeing his chance at freedom, but the Governor warns Alex that his treatment is not a reward. Alex then signs a waiver giving the state the rights to “reclaim” him. Shortly thereafter the prison chaplain wants a word with him. Drunk and smoking a cigarette, the chaplain begins to talk philosophy. He talks about ethics, morals, and the right to free will among other things. This is a question the book intends to implant into the readers mind. If Alex gets “treated” and no longer can act as he was before he went to prison because it no longer is an option in his mind due to the treatment, he no longer has “free will.” Is it right to take a mans free will even if he is violent? Is this cruel or less humane than just letting him spend life in prison? Thats a question for the reader to answer because it is a matter of opinion and ones own morals. The chaplain wonders if this is “ungodly” due to his lack of ethical choice. The next morning Alex is brought into the facility he will receive his “treatment” in. The facility reminds Alex of a hospital. Alex gets a room to himself and he begins to feel “lucky.” He is given pajamas at the “height of bedroom fashion” and is given coffee to drink and magazines to read. Dr. Banom comes in to give him a brief examination, and Alex asks what he will be doing. The Doctor tells him that it will be a simple treatment using films. He then suggest Alex get a shot of “vitamins after every meal due to “lack of nourishment.” Alex daydreams about putting together a new gang as he goes to sleep, still believing he will be himself once he leaves prison. He is fixed a warm meal, gets a shot, and someone brings him a wheelchair. Alex begins to feel weak, but is confident his “vitamins” will boost him back to health.

Chapter 4 of part 2 starts with Alex entering a mind blowing room. It is a room with speakers and projectors like a theatre. A dentist looking chair with wires sticking all out sits in the center. Alex crawls out of his wheelchair into the dentist chair. He is strapped down, and clips are put on his forehead to ensure he cannot close his eyes. Alex expresses that it must be quite a horror show. Dr. Brodsky walks in and gives the go for a treatment to begin. The film begins when an old man is attacked by two young guys in the heighth of fashion. The film and the blood seem very realistic, and Alex begins to feel nauseous but tries to ignore the nausea. The next film shows a young girl being raped by 7 boys. This makes Alex feel pain through his whole body and also feel the urge to hurl one minute and not the next. The treatment so far is “promising” to Dr. Brodsky, as his reaction level is 12.5 on the gauges. The third film shows a persons face being held still and cut with a razor. Alex begins to sweat and his head begins to throb. He also feels a pain in his stomach. The razor is used to yank out the mans eye, and pliers are used to remove his teeth. Alex tells himself the film is not real, but is still sick. The fourth film shows an old shopkeeper being robbed by modern youth. The modern youth burn down the business as well as the lady. The sheiks of the women make Alex want to vomit. The Doctor comments the he cannot actually vomit because it is his imagination. The next film shows Japanese soldiers torturing captives in World War 2 by nailing them to trees, lighting them on fire, cutting off their testicles, and playing ball with decapitated heads. Alex feels a horrible pain in his head and belly and screams for the film to stop. The doctor laughs and reminds Alex he is just beginning.

Is this treatment ethical and is it a good method to use on violent people? It is cruel and unusual, it is more dignified to have someone face the death penalty than be tortured into goodness.

Part 2 Chapters 1-2, “Cells and Sermons”

In part two, many changes are coming for Alex; in these two chapters Alex must adapt to being imprisoned, at least for the time being.

Chapter one of part two takes place two years after his sentencing in his cell, “84F” in staja (we can assume this is short for state jail). After Deltoids testimony, Alex is apparently sentenced to fourteen years. Alex rocks the “height of prison fashion” look, which is commented by Alex to be “poop color.” He feels he had lost his identity, feeing like he is just a number; prisoner “6655321.” Alex reflects on his two years in the stoney lonesome, going through being beat, molested, and god knows what else. Alex learns that Georgie has died, and is glad that the “traitor” didn’t live a long life. As more time passes Alex adapts more. He becomes a stereo operator for the prison chaplain during Sunday worship. A man is beat for burping during the service and the chaplain goes on like nothing happened. This is an allusion to the hypocrisy of the church. Alex takes a fond interest in the bible to our surprise, but only because of the violence and sex in the Old Testament. That’s unfortunate for a young man who needs guidance from any and everywhere. He even likes the part in the New Testament where he can imagine himself nailing and whipping Jesus. Yikes. Alex later becomes prison snitch, to get in good favor from the chaplain to get recommendations to the governor, who the chaplain talks to about the prisoners. Alex makes up a story about some cocaine in the prison, but still gets recognition. Alex, now in good standing with the chaplain, asks about a treatment that he heard upon completion grants freedom. “Ludvico’s Technique” as it’s called. The chaplain warns Alex that the program is in infancy. He tells Alex he doubts rather or not it can actually change a man, and then Alex goes back to his cell, only to find that his normal cell of three is now crammed with seven people. In part one, Alex is a christ like-martyr, with droogs being his disciples who betrayed him. In chapter one of part two alex emphasizes his suffering, making the little devil, ironically, a christ like figure. Prison has not changed Alex a bit so far, as he is still selfish as ever and as wicked as ever. I guess we are supposed to feel sorry for a person who rapes, kills, and steals from innocent people, but all sarcasm aside, strangely enough, I do. Burgess was gunning for this to conflict readers. I feel bad for feeling bad for him.

Alex begins chapter 2 part 2 with new cellmates. One of these new cellmates argues that Alex should sleep on the floor since he is the youngest, but Alex’s other cellmates defend him. Alex later wakes up to his new cellmate, next to him, pleasuring himself (thanks for the visual as well as all the other ones found in this pleasant book Burgess). Alex reacts by punching him, as the other prisoners join in the fun. The guards rush to the cell, as the prisoners blame Alex for inciting the fight, leaving the new cellmate lying in his blood. Alex argues he will not be molested while he sleeps and not fight back. The guards laugh, call him a princess, and leave. The prisoners then rough up the new guy more. Alex gives him a kick in the head to end the new guys “lesson.” The man dies, and Alex is labeled as the killer. The governor notices this, and decides to further inspect Alex. The governor then decides he want to put Alex through the Ludvico’s treatment, and Alex then sees this as his way out. Alex’s impulses cause him to murder yet another person. Alex is now in for a rough ride as a lab rat.

Chapter 6 and 7, “Betrayal”

In the next two chapters, Alex finds himself in a world of trouble and must face the consequences. In these chapters Alex experiences firsthand how his intuition has failed him.

Chapter six begins when Alex is ready to infiltrate the old lady’s house, whom the droogs have been planning to rob. Unable to get her to open the door, dim finds a way in. Alex gets the bright idea that he will go in alone after finding a way in to prove himself a worthy leader, but his plan soon backfires. The lady is in a well lit room full of cats. Alex falls over one of her many milk saucers, and the old lady begins beating Alex with her walking stick. Alex gets her off balance, but then a cat attacks him and latches onto his leg, causing him to fall on yet another saucer. The old lady commands her cats to attack Alex, and they do to his amazement. Enraged by this, Alex picks up a solver statue, and hits the lady on the head. Alex then hears sirens and decides its time scram. He walks out and Dim is outside waiting, with his chain, which he hits him with. This betrayal causes Alex to be caught by the cops, who kick and tease a disgraced Alex. In chapter one, milk was a symbol of the power of the violent youth, but in chapter six it becomes a symbol of the youths arrogance.

Chapter seven kicks off when Alex then finds himself in prison, beaten and dismayed. He asks for a lawyer, but is instead punched in the gut, nearly causing him to hurl. Alex is confronted by Deltoid once more, who looks at him as a “thing” rather than a person. Deltoid disrespectfully spits in Alex’s face. Alex, being the cunning, sarcastic brute that he is, promptly thanks deltoid for his gesture. Alex is then roughed up more by the police, and then calls it a night. Awakened by the police, Alex guesses what comes next, he is informed that he had killed the cat lady he tried to rob. He then thinks about the cats being orphaned as the chapter ends. Alex can now add the title of murderer to his accolades at the age of fifteen.

Chapters 4-5, “The Devil is Abroad”

In chapters 4-5, Alex continues his destructive behavior. The book alludes to the concepts of good vs evil, and intuition vs intellect in these chapters.

Chapter 4 begins when Alex convinces his skeptical mom that he is sick and can’t go to school, and his dad tells him to stay out of trouble, which his angel of a child surely intended to follow, but went on to do his worst deed yet in this chapter. He goes back to sleep and dreams about an older Dim whipping him, which could be foreshadowing. He awakes when P.R Deltoid, the post-corrective advisor, come in to speak to him. Authorities know of his involvement in the fight with Billyboy but cannot accuse him of it without proof Deltoid expects Alex will be back in because of his repeated behavior. After this talk with Deltoid, he dismisses the warning Deltoid gave him and believes that a government denying the right of its people to do bad is denying them of their humanity. He remembers a phrase that is commonly used about the youth referring to their bad behavior, “IT WAS THE DEVIL THAT WAS ABROAD.” The fact that it appears in big letters in the story means it is probably very important and will probably come up again later. Alex likes this explanation because it gives him a lack of responsibility for his actions. This brings up a concept of good vs evil. Is evil something that every person does on their own knowing right from wrong, or is it something people cannot control? This concept is seen in many novels and is a very controversial one. The rest of chapter involves Alex drugging two 10 year olds and raping them as if it is normal and all in good fun. To put it nicely, Alex is a disturbed and very disturbed individual who is a very dislikable character at this point in the story. Is he a product of his society or is he fully aware and able to stop his bad actions?

Chapter 5 begins when Alex wakes up late in the evening, and he tells his parents he is off to work. Alex’s father tells him about a dream he had about his son, in which he helplessly lie on the street, being beat to death. Alex tells him he should not worry, and gives his dad some money for his dad and his mother to use. This shows that maybe Alex does have a heart somewhere, possibly. Alex goes to meet his droogs who await him to go and plan more bad actions. Georgie exchanges words with Alex and then Alex and him fight with sharp objects after he hears Beethoven’s violin concerto coming from a car. Alex states, “I vidded that thinkings is for the gloopy ones and that the oomny ones use like inspiration and what bog sends.” This quote tackles the concept of intellect vs intuition. This may seem like a paradox, because in other words he basically said that smart people do not think but act. Alex believes this because he believes that intuition gives humans free will and makes them human. Is their any truth to what he said? Perhaps. Alex continues to slash Georgie’s hand, and then Dim jumps in, and then Dim’s wrist is slashed bad. Alex invites Pete to fight next, but declines. Alex, now feeling superior, he then talks to the droogs, and agrees to Georgies plan to take an easy take from an old ladies house. This is where the chapter ends. In these two chapters, Burgess tackles two concepts and also continues establishing Alex as a sinister person as well as his gang and the society of young people at whole.

Chapters 1-3, “Violence at Large”

In the first three chapters of A Clockwork Orange, the book establishes it’s identity and introduces the characters and the theme. The first chapter establishes Alex and his gang; Pete, Georgie, and Dim.

The book starts off with the gang drinking milk laced with stimulants. As soon as the drugs kick in, the gang attacks an elderly man for the fun of it, giving us an idea of how depraved this gang is. The droogs proceed to spend all their money at a bar and leave on good terms with the women who work there. Once they ran out of money they rob and beat a shopkeeper and his wife. They were beat so bad they required hospitalization. This adds on to our picture of how sinister these people really are. They are criminals who show no mercy to people and have no morals at all. They return to the bar and when the officers go to question the gang, the women provide them with an alibi, bringing chapter one to an end.

In chapter 2, the gang continues its night of destruction and terrorizes and old man they spot singing to himself. After getting punch a few times, the man states, “Go on, do me in, you bastard cowards, I don’t want to live anyway, not in a stinking place like this one.” Alex calls Dim off of him to hear the rest of what he had to say. The man continued, “It’s a stinking world because it lets the young get on the old like you done, and there’s no law and order no more.” The gang then beat the man until he vomited blood and left him in misery. This scene gave us some insight on the state of England in the current time and setting of the book, which we can assume is set in the near future of author Anthony Burgess’s time. The song the man was singing could also be foreshadowing, as many writers use times like these to drop subtle hints to foreshadow later events. To what event is he foreshadowing if so? No guesses as of now. The song writes, “And I will go back to my darling…. when you my darling, are gone. O dear dear land, I fought for thee And brought thee peace and victory..” The next event that takes place is a gang fight against another young group under the lead of a kid named Billyboy. To show just how sick the world has become at the point, the story casually states, “Billyboy and his droogs stopped what they were doing, which was getting ready to perform something on a weepy young devotchka…” This is describing a premeditated rape that the gang fortunately did not perpetuate. Alex and his gang quickly get the upper hand, but the gangs begin to hear sirens. They then steal a brand new car. After getting away and terrorizing pedestrians on the way, the droogs then stop at a cottage marked “Home.” The gang planes to beat and possibly rape the occupants. A man in the house was writing a book called “A Clockwork Orange.” That sounds familiar. This reference to the book is important, as is anytime the title of a book appears. After mockingly reading it, Alex destroys the pages. The gang then proceeds to do all that they planned to do to this man and his wife which is where the chapter ends with them leaving the scene.

Chapter 3 starts when the boys then ditch the car and catch a train into the center of town, which they must obviously vandalize. They returned to the milk bar and notice that new faces. Dim gets into a little squabble with person after dim makes a bad gesture, but surprisingly this time it does not end in violence. Alex decides he has done enough damage for the day and leaves the bar for home. He keeps a razor tucked just in case he finds any more trouble. Alex passes by more evidence of mayhem on the way home, and then eats the dinner his mom has prepared for him. As he gets ready to sleep he thinks about the book he read, A Clockwork Orange. He thinks he has a understanding of the book, and wished he would have tormented the writer and his wife even more. These three chapters introduce the characteristics and do not shy away from violence and graphic scenes. Burgess is not afraid to show how brutal the world he has created in this book.