The possibility of redemption is a common thread, reaching its peak in this final chapter. The guards are merciless and oppressive, and several of the other prisoners want to rape him. His parents visit one day to inform him that Georgie has been killed in a botched robbery.
Use of slang[ edit ] Main article: Alex is sentenced to fourteen years in prison.
A chance encounter with Pete in the final chapter influences Alex to realise that he has grown bored with violence and recognise that human energy is better expended on creation than destruction.
The last of these crimes is particularly brutal. His final thoughts are of his future son. The final chapter omitted from US editions of the book untiland also the film feels incongruously optimistic in some ways, but by suggesting the true answer as to what will cure delinquency is… maturity, it might be thought the most pessimistic chapter.
They assault a scholar walking home from the public library; rob a store, leaving the owner and his wife bloodied and unconscious; beat up a beggar; then scuffle with a rival gang. He later meets and marries a girl named Georgina, renouncing his violent ways and even losing his former Nadsat speech patterns.
Burgess has stated that the total of 21 chapters was an intentional nod to the age of 21 being recognised as a milestone in human maturation. A youth culture had grown, including coffee bars, pop music and teenage gangs. Use of slang[ edit ] Main article: But the phrase itself I did not make up.
After a few years, though, prison life becomes easier. An idiotic and thoroughly gormless member of the gang, persistently condescended to by Alex, but respected to some extent by his droogs for his formidable fighting abilities, his weapon of choice being a length of bike chain.
The Ludovico Technique[ edit ] Alex is convicted of murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Early on in the story, Alex and his droogs battle Billyboy and his droogs, which ends abruptly when the police arrive. And if so, is that acceptable to society?
A year later in it was removed from high school classrooms in Westport, Massachusetts over similar concerns with "objectionable" language. The Life and Work of D.
Alex punches Dim in the face, which prompts the others to turn against their arrogant leader. Is teen violence an inevitable cycle: Initial response[ edit ] The Sunday Telegraph review was positive, and described the book as "entertaining Looking for charity, Alex wanders to a nearby cottage and knocks on the door, begging for help.
Writing a fictionalised account from the point of view of the perpetrator is extraordinary: Alex collapses at the door of an isolated cottage, realising too late that it is the one he and his droogs invaded in Part 1.
Cutter, however, means "money", because "cutter" rhymes with "bread-and-butter"; this is rhyming slangwhich is intended to be impenetrable to outsiders especially eavesdropping policemen.
Alex recognizes him from two years ago as the man whose wife he raped, but the man does not recognize Alex, who wore a mask that night.
Goodness comes from within… Goodness is something chosen. Georgie challenges Alex for leadership of the gang, demanding that they pull a "man-sized" job. The term's association with aesthetic violence has led to its use in the media. He often refers to himself as "Your Humble Narrator".
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