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    For A2 English coursework we have to write a comparative essay on the topic of fantasy and reality. I would love to use A Clocwork Orange for one of my texts and so far I have come up with these points on how i can apply it to my topic:

    - The use of language. How a 'fantasy' russian/invented slang is incorporated into modern English.
    - The theme of brainwashing a 'monster' into a 'law abiding citizen'. The question of whether we are truly human if we don't have the choice of free will.
    - The way the anti-hero Alex goes through an almost orgasmic experience when being violent. How he associates violence with beauty, i.e Classical music. While raping a girl he desribes it in a very theatrical way.
    -Alex has the perception of himself that he is superior and almost God-like.


    So, I just wanted to know whether I might be going down the wrong path with this. Would also be very appreciative if anyone had anything to add.

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    It is a while since I have read the book, and 'fantasy and reality' is quite a broad topic, but I can't quite see how your last three points relate to the topic.

    Your first point is interesting, though, and could be even more fruitful if you adjusted it slightly (although I suspect that this is what you mean) to look at what effect language has upon reality. Since the whole novel is narrated by Alex, how do we go about distinguishing between his version of events, using his slang, and the actual reality of what happened in the storyworld? (Perhaps this is where your other three points come in.)
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    (Original post by MSB)
    It is a while since I have read the book, and 'fantasy and reality' is quite a broad topic, but I can't quite see how your last three points relate to the topic.

    Your first point is interesting, though, and could be even more fruitful if you adjusted it slightly (although I suspect that this is what you mean) to look at what effect language has upon reality. Since the whole novel is narrated by Alex, how do we go about distinguishing between his version of events, using his slang, and the actual reality of what happened in the storyworld? (Perhaps this is where your other three points come in.)
    Thanks for your criticisms...I wasn't quite sure on how I might be able to fit this into fantasy and reality either.

    With the second point I had the idea of the fantasy that behaviour can be altered to fit society norms but when applied to reality it doesn't quite work out in theory.

    With the final two points, I imagined that Alex had this glorifying fantasy of violence, crime and himsef and through the narrative style the reader is actually led to become fond of this character and sympathise with him somewhat despite his actions.

    Perhaps this may be too much of a challenge and should choose something that fits snugly into this topic instead. I was thinking of 'The Virgin Suicides'....? I don't know if anyone has any thoughts on that...
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    With the second point I had the idea of the fantasy that behaviour can be altered to fit society norms but when applied to reality it doesn't quite work out in theory.
    That is a summary of your argument which includes the words 'fantasy' and 'reality', but that's not the same as actually being relevant to the topic. It is more of a question on morality (i.e., is it better to have the free will to do evil than be restricted from evil) than of fantasy and reality as you have it currently. I can't really see, at least with my memory of the book as it is, how the Ludovico treatment business could be related to 'fantasy and reality'. This doesn't mean that you should be giving up with the book, though.

    (Original post by NicolePickle)
    With the final two points, I imagined that Alex had this glorifying fantasy of violence, crime and himsef and through the narrative style the reader is actually led to become fond of this character and sympathise with him somewhat despite his actions.
    That's a really good idea.
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    (Original post by MSB)
    That is a summary of your argument which includes the words 'fantasy' and 'reality', but that's not the same as actually being relevant to the topic. It is more of a question on morality (i.e., is it better to have the free will to do evil than be restricted from evil) than of fantasy and reality as you have it currently. I can't really see, at least with my memory of the book as it is, how the Ludovico treatment business could be related to 'fantasy and reality'. This doesn't mean that you should be giving up with the book, though.


    That's a really good idea.
    Thank you so much.
 
 
 
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