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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

by Anthony Burgess

Language and Communication Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

"Life is a very wonderful thing," said Dr. Branom in a like very holy goloss. "The processes of life, the make-up of the human organism, who can fully understand these miracles…" (2.5.9)

Alex describes Dr. Branom as speaking in a very "holy" tone. What does this mean, exactly? How does this shed light on the content of the speech to come?

Quote #5

He just sort of looked right through us poor plennies, saying, in a very beautiful real educated goloss: "The Government cannot be concerned any longer with outmoded penological theories. Cram criminals together and see what happens. You get concentrated criminality, crime in the midst of punishment. Soon we may be needing all our prison space for political offenders." (2.2.17)

Can tone and language lend authority to the speaker? Do you think it is important to speak well? How has Alex learned to speak so well as to fool others?

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