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Amy Sexton 4/20/08 English 168- Dis M: 2:25 This element of choice, no matter what the outcome, displays man's power as an individual. Any efforts to control or influence this choice between good and evil will in turn govern man's free will and enslave him. In the novel A Clockwork Orange, Burgess uses symbolism through imagery of light, darkness, and music, the characterization of Alex, and the point of view as a first person narrative to prove that without the ability to choose between good and evil, man becomes enslaved. The symbolism through imagery proves how Alex's ability to choose between good and evil is his ascendancy over the innocent and the weak. Just as A Clockwork Orange encourages free will, it deplores the institution of government, which seeks to suppress the individual in favor of the collective, or the state. Daytime and sunlight represent danger for Alex. In Part One, Alex notes that there are several more policemen, figures of repression, out patrolling during the day. The harsh lights of the police station interrogation room create a kind of artificial day, and the doctors, with their white jackets, continue the trend of brightness being associated with threat and menace. The only time the chaplain wears white is during an exchange with Alex, where the chaplain gets Alex to snitch on his fellow prisoners in order to further his own career ambitions. Lightness represents the demystification of the individual. In a article by Benjamin Brignist, the idea of light is discussed as color representing evil. “As a substance that primarily nourishes young animals, milk symbolizes the immaturity and passivity of the people who habitually drink it at the Korova Milkbar. Their drinking of milk suggests the infantilization and subsequent helplessness of the State’s citizens. By virtue of its whiteness and homogenization, milk also symbolizes uniformity among the teenagers who drink it. The fact that the milk is laced with drugs is ironic, suggesting
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that these youths are less wholesome and innocent than adults, not more.”(321-322, Abandoning the Ship ) The symbol of music is the only thing in Alex's life that he truly cares for. This music
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course ENGLISH 168 taught by Professor Mcbee during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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