A Clockwork Orange
Transformation Quotes Page 1
How we cite our quotes:
"Common criminals like this unsavoury crowd"--(that meant me, brothers, as well as the others, who were real prestoopnicks and treacherous with it)--"can best be dealt with on a purely curative basis. Kill the criminal reflex, that's all. Full implementation in a year's time. Punishment means nothing to them, you can see that. They enjoy their so-called punishment. They start murdering each other." (2.2.17)
This "curative" approach seeks to transform "common criminals" like Alex altogether, rendering them incapable of committing crimes.
"All right, all right," said this big veck. Then he turned to the Governor and said: "You can use him as a trail-blazer. He's young, bold, vicious. Brodsky will deal with him tomorrow and you can sit in and watch Brodsky. It works all right, don't worry about that. This vicious young hoodlum will be transformed out of all recognition." And those hard slovos, brothers, were like the beginning of my freedom. (2.2.20-21)
Alex initially looks forward to undergoing the Reclamation Treatment, hoping to beat the system. Little does he know that he'll be transformed – no, eliminated – entirely.
"You felt ill this afternoon," he said, "because you're getting better. When we're healthy we respond to the presence of the hateful with fear and nausea. You're becoming healthy, that's all. You'll be healthier still this time tomorrow." (2.5.13)
It is noteworthy here that Dr. Brodsky treats Alex as a sick being, needing to be transformed so that he might act normally or "humanly" towards violence and crime.