A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
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Broken Elevator

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The broken elevator in Alex's parents' Flatblock represents societal and moral demise. Indeed, it symbolizes everything that is wrong with the society that Alex lives in. The predictability of its lack of functionality suggests that the societal decay is nothing new and that it's here to stay for a long while.

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