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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange


by Anthony Burgess

F. Alexander

Character Analysis

Though F. Alexander is a writer-type, he can't be mistaken for an ineffective bookworm. He's a political dissident, and one so committed to his anti-Government vision that he's willing to sacrifice any number of individuals for it, including Alex…or especially Alex. This is understandable, however, since F. Alexander did lose his wife violently earlier in the book – an incident for which he holds the Government generally responsible, and, later, Alex personally responsible. After the passing of his beloved wife, he's been devoting his entire being and purpose to…liberty? Political idealism? Or…vengeance?

F. Alexander may claim it's ideal one above the others, but one could argue a certain level of hypocrisy to this if you think about it. While he professes to want to overthrow the Government in the name of liberty, his reasons are deeply personal: his wife died at the hands of an ineffective Government. While he professes to want to help victims of the Government in the name of justice, he willingly sacrifices Alex. Where does this leave us? You be the judge.

F. Alexander Timeline