A Clockwork Orange
Transformation Quotes Page 3
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What it said underneath my picture was that here was the first graduate from the new State Institute for Reclamation of Criminal Types, cured of his criminal instincts in a fortnight only, now a good law-fearing citizen and all that cal. Then I viddied there was a very boastful article about this Ludovico's Technique and how clever the Government was and all that cal. Then there was another picture of some veck I thought I knew, and it was this Minister of the Inferior or Interior. It seemed that he had been doing a bit of boasting, looking forward to a nice crime-free era in which there would be no more fear of cowardly attacks from young hooligans and perverts and burglars and all that cal. (3.1.5)
The Government views Alex as having been transformed and cured of his criminal instincts. The deeper message here is that the Government is content with usurping the individual liberties of its constituents to achieve peace and stability for the State.
"And what do I get out of this? Do I get cured of the way I am? Do I find myself able to slooshy the old Choral Symphony without being sick once more? Can I live like a normal jeezny again?" (3.5.13)
All Alex truly wants is to be transformed back to his former state, so that he may enjoy classical music again.
"Deep hypnopaedia… you seem to be cured." (3.6.48)
Yet again, Alex has been transformed. But this time, he has been transformed – or rather, restored – back to his old self.