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.

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