Burgess essentially develops a new language called thenadsat to use in the book. Nadsat is a mixture of Russian, German and Englishused by the teens as slang in the book.
Some of these include bezoomny,chumble, gruppa and krovvy. These words maintain an interesting and intriguingatmosphere for the reader throughout the book. Nadsat sheds light on theauthor’s innovative literary ability. Additionally, the harrowing scenarios inthe novel keep the reader on the edge of their seats. The scenarios and eventsthat happen in the book are extremely horrific and gruesome and are describedin a very explicit manner. For example when Alex, the main character is inprison, he is shown violent videos, and one of the videos shows Japanesesoldiers nailing war criminals to trees.
In another scenario, Alex and hisdroogs are fighting with another gang and Burgess describes the fight scene.The passage reads, “And, my brothers, it was real satisfaction to me towaltz–left two three, right two three–and carve left cheeky and right cheeky,so that like two curtains of blood seemed to pour out at the same time, one oneither side of his fat filthy oily snout in the winter starlight. Down thisblood poured in like red curtains” The explicit descriptions and use of bloodinvokes terror in the reader. Moreover, Alex, who is depicted as a sadist,loves the violent acts he is committing and is satisfied by it which adds tothe horror. The author develops a very interesting and unique relationshipbetween the main character and the reader. The development of the maincharacter in this book is very unique. Usually the main characters from booksand movies are lovable and relatable. The reader sympathizes with them andoften wants them to succeed.
However in this novel, the main character isportrayed as extremely violent and evil. He enjoys raping 10 year olds andkilling old women. The characterization also contributes to the shock thatreaders experience while reading the book He ruins people’s lives on a regularbasis just because it makes him feel good. The reader finds it almostimpossible to relate and sympathize with Alex.
Furthermore, Alex never doesanything to try and rectify his situation or try to mend the damage. Alex evendefends his violent behavior and finds other aspects of life to blame. Burgessalso does a good job of showing the reader an inside view and what the maincharacter feels by having the book narrated by Alex in first person. Burgessinvokes further interest amongst the readers when he switches to anintrospective first person Alex.
The self-analyzing nature of Alex’s charactergives depth to the book and keeps the readers intrigued. Moreover,understanding of themes is also enhanced. Another interesting thing Burgessdoes with characterization is that he introduces the idea of a clockwork orangethrough F. Alexander, a character in the book who is a writer. It is the use ofa clever and suitable mouthpiece by Burgess. The book can be compared toclassics like 1984 and brave new world, because of the themes and ideas about governmentcontrol, diminishing critical thinking, and freedom of choice.
So if youenjoyed any of those novels, this will be a good fit. Trailer Classical music by Beethoven is played in the background.The music shows how Alex sees himself as doing an act of some sort. He doesviolent, sexual, horrific, and taboo things while listening to classical music.He listens to this art and think of himself as an artist at work.
Burgess usedthe classical music to further enhance the uniqueness of his book. Pop and rockmusic was seen as the music of corrupted teens in the 1950s and 1960s, beingthe time when the book was released. However Burgess plays classical music inthe background of violent torture, rape, and robbery and fight scenes.Furthermore, classical music always invoked Alex’s violent tendencies.
Hencethe use of background classical music by Beethoven in the trailer. There was aspecific pattern in terms of how the images in the trailer were played. It wasseparated in three different parts, part 1, 2 , and 3. The pattern connects tohow the book separated itself as well.
Burgess wrote the book in a way thatclassical music operas are commonly written, again making references toclassical music in his work. So the way the pattern works is that part 1 and 3(the first and last) are similar to each other while part 2 (the middle one) iscontrasting. As this pattern is used for operas, and used in the book, it wasalso evident in my trailer.
Images were repeating in the trailer becauseBurgess repeated phrases to connect to operas once more; since operas havecommon repetitive features. An example is Burgess repeating the word out indialogue and saying the phrase “What’s it going to be then, eh?”, at thebeginning of every chapter. WorksCitedBurgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange.New York: Norton, 2001. Print.Cooper,Barry. “Beethoven: Symphony No.
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