In A Clockwork Orange, Alex, the narrator and the main character, tells
the story of his teenage years, starting at fifteen.
He begins his tale as the
leader of a small gang that spends its evenings pillaging and wreaking havoc on
the town until the gang mutinies and "Your Humble Narrator," as Alex refers to
himself, is caught by the police.
From there, Alex travels to State Jail 84F to
serve 14 years, but receives an offer from "the Government" which entails
undergoing experimental treatment in return for early release.
He seizes what
seems to him an opportunity, but is horrified by the "cure" he endures.
"good" Alex that is released unto the world is depressed, frustrated, and
lonely, although no longer violent.
A radical political group then exploits him
as an example of the cruelty of "the Government."
This faction tries to force
Alex to suicide in order to gain a martyr, but Alex's attempt fails and he is
nursed back to health and his natural mental state by the Government, who in the
end comes out on top.
Alex, whose last name is not mentioned in the book, is a violent,
aggressive teenager of fifteen, who is the leader of a four-person gang.
truly enjoys violence, reveling in the sight of blood or weapons.
of hate is not simply a rebellious emotion, but as he explains, it is his very
nature, and he could not change it if he wanted to.
Despite his passion for
what most see as ugly and disgusting, Alex does have a great appreciation for
classical music, especially Beethoven.
Alex's main conflicts are both external and internal.