A Clockwork Orange Quotes

Some words and lines I have taken from the novel that interest me and prompt Ideas:

'What's it going to be then, eh? A line used repeatedly throughout the novel by both Alex and prison officers - are they so different? Both use violence to get results.


'They start murdering each other.' - About criminals and young people. Difference between 'murder' and 'killing' - Is war murder? Is terrorism murder? 


'He's young, bold, vicious' - How Alex us described when being chosen to take part in the science experiment that would 'make him better' and get him out of prison. Is every young person bold and vicious, can it be a good thing ? 


'An eye for an eye, I say. If someone hits you you hit back, do you not?' - Sparks questions of the Justice system - is the death penalty justifiable. Does an eye for an eye make the whole world blind? Is it self defence or revenge?


'It may not be nice to be good... It may be horrible to be good ... Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?' - Humanity and Freedom - can goodness be forced upon someone, can it be learnt or is a person either good or bad? Is there bad in everyone? Do good people resist doing bad things or utilise their humanity to know better?


'It's funny how the colours of the like real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen' - Is life more colourful when you're bad? Alex's connection to the arts - watching what he did with his 'droogs' before he went to prison.

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