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A Clockwork Orange


A Clockwork Orange - Novel Summary

A Clockwork Orange is a novel by Anthony Burgess, first published in 1962. It is a provocative work that delves into themes of free will, the nature of evil, and the corrupting influence of societal structures.

Plot Overview

Part One: Alex's World of Violence

  • Setting the Scene The novel opens in a dystopian future Britain. Alex, the protagonist, is a 15-year-old leader of a gang engaged in extreme violence and criminal activities.

  • Night of Misdeeds Alex and his "droogs" commit a series of violent acts, including a fight with a rival gang, a break-in, and assault.

Part Two: The Ludovico Technique

  • Arrest and Imprisonment After a betrayal by his gang, Alex is arrested for murder and sentenced to prison.

  • Rehabilitation Attempt In prison, Alex is selected for an experimental behavior modification treatment known as the Ludovico Technique, aimed at curing him of his violent tendencies.