A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
Ludvig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Handel
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
The Classical composers represent all that is ideal to and sacred for Alex, as these composers have created the highest and purest form of art, and therefore joy, for Alex. The fact that one or more of their compositions almost always accompanies Alex's perpetrating a certain crime – which he often commits for sheer aesthetics or sensory bliss – also bodes well for our interpretation.