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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

by Anthony Burgess

Analysis: Narrator Point of View

Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?

First Person (Alex)

We only get what Alex hands us, so be mindful of both the perspective and biases inherent to a first-person narrative. The advantage to this is that we get extremely intimate with and engaged in Alex's life. After all, it's an "insider's view" we're seeing, albeit from only one lens. Despite all of the senseless brutality he inflicts upon others, for example, we come to like and forgive Alex, because we see how immature and naïve he is. The disadvantage is that we aren't privy to how others view our protagonist-narrator (except when it's obvious – like when P. R. Deltoid spits on Alex's face), and so we can't be exactly fair or just in our assessment of each situation.

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