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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange


by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange Violence Quotes

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Quote #7

I felt the old tigers leap in me and then I leapt on these two young ptitsas. This time they thought nothing fun and stopped creeching with high mirth, and had to submit to the strange and weird desires of Alexander the Large which, what with the Ninth and the hypo jab, were choodessny and zammechat and very demanding, O my brothers. But they were both very very drunken and could hardly feel very much.

When the last movement had gone round for the second time with all the banging and creeching about Joy Joy Joy Joy, then these two young ptitsas were not acting the big lady sophisto no more. They were like waking up to what was being done to their malenky persons and saying that they wanted to go home and like I was a wild beast. They looked like they had been in some big bitva, as indeed they had, and were all bruised and pouty. (1.4.34-35)

It appears that Alex's enjoyment of violence is heightened by great "violent" music. He comes close to almost having a religious experience here with the rape of the 10-year-olds, all while Beethoven's 9th Symphony is playing. That, in and of itself, is very disturbing. Why is music so significant to Alex?

Quote #8

I would read of these starry yahoodies tolchocking each other and then peeting their Hebrew vino and getting on to the bed with their wives' like hand-maidens, real horrorshow. That kept me going, brothers. I didn't so much kopat the later part of the book, which is more like all preachy govoreeting than fighting and the old in-out. (2.1.9)

Alex delights in the sex and violence depicted in the Old Testament. Sex and violence is ubiquitous there!

Quote #9

So they all stood around while I cracked at this prestoopnick in the near dark. I fisted him all over, dancing about with my boots on though unlaced, and then I tripped him and he went crash crash on to the floor. I gave him one real horrorshow kick on the gulliver and he went ohhhh, then he sort of snorted off to like sleep… (2.2.10)

There is something counter-intuitive about beating a guy up in jail and later killing him. Perhaps this is just what criminals do, but something tells us that only hardened, unreformable, and unrepentant criminals (like the ones the Governor and the Minister of the Interior speak about) do this.

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