A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange Transformation Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Part.Chapter.Paragraph)
"Today, old friend, we are letting you walk." (2.6.28)
Here's Alex's first step towards being transformed by Ludovico's Technique. The "old friend" also suggests that the doctors are welcoming Alex back into "their world."
"Aha. At this stage, gentlemen, we introduce the subject himself. He is, as you will perceive, fit and well nourished. He comes straight from a night's sleep and a good breakfast, undrugged, unhypnotized. Tomorrow we send him with confidence out into the world again, as decent a lad as you would meet on a May morning, inclined to the kindly word and the helpful act. What a change is here, gentlemen, from the wretched hoodlum the State committed to unprofitable punishment some two years ago, unchanged after two years. Unchanged, do I say? Not quite. Prison taught him the false smile, the rubbed hands of hypocrisy, the fawning greased obsequious leer. Other vices it taught him, as well as confirming him in those he had long practiced before. But gentlemen, enough of words. Actions speak louder than. Action now. Observe, all." (2.7.2)
Alex has been so thoroughly transformed that the doctors (as well as the Government) will send him into the world with full "confidence." Do you suppose that a treatment program with a "curative" or "transformational" objective is superior to one that is merely exists for deterrence or restitution purposes?
"He will be your true Christian," Dr. Brodsky was creeching out, "ready to turn the other cheek, ready to be crucified rather than crucify, sick to the very heart at the thought even of killing a fly." And that was right, brothers, because when he said that I thought of killing a fly and felt just that tiny bit sick, but I pushed the sickness and pain back by thinking of the fly being fed with bits of sugar and looked after like a bleeding pet and all that cal. "Reclamation," he creeched. "Joy before the Angels of God."
"The point is," this Minister of the Inferior was saying real gromky, "that it works." (2.7.24-25)
Alex has been transformed into a Christian, or at least a person who ostensibly performs Christian-like deeds. What is the difference?