Should we Sympathise with Alex when he cannot defend himself after his treatment ?

In the first part of the novel I hated Alex and his 'droogs' for the things that they did and how they felt no sympathy or guilt for how they ruined defenceless peoples lives. Throughout I questioned why they were doing it, whether it was anger or because it made them feel more powerful or important. To me, Burgess has taken adolescent traits of wanting to feel more important and respected by adults and over exaggerated this idea into depravity. It shocks me that Alex is only 15 and I wonder whether he is human at all in the start of the book. However in part two once Alex has received his treatment I feel like Burgess wants us to feel sorry for Alex; I didn't feel sorry for him at all at first because I think people should be punished if they do something inhuman, and when someone commits murder i think they lose their status of humanity. However, as the 'white coated' scientists, doctors and audience laugh at Alex perceiving him being abused by a man as a display of the treatment of being effective, I started feeling as though the tables had turned, in some ways i was glad that Alex was feeling what others felt when he abuse them; but it made me sad to think that perhaps those who are supposed to be good in the novel also have elements of badness in them. 

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