Clockwork Orange Is One of Research Proposal

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Alex's beating of the droogs is certainly a way of reasserting his authority in the group, but it is, at the same time and just as strongly, part of this individual gratification: reasserting his leadership within the group also means that his ego feels the power given to him over the rest of the gang, who now appear as the other victims of violent assaults in the movie.

The only moment when one of the violent acts turns wrong is also the moment when Alex's ego suffers, as he is almost subdued by his victim and, eventually, because of her fight, he is unable to leave the scene crime and is caught by the police. As such, the close connection between the individual ego and the delinquency of the characters in the movie is understated once more.

Some of the sociological theories can also be used to address the acts of juvenile delinquency that Alex promotes throughout the movie, but, interestingly enough, can also be correlated to the underlying process following Alex's treatment and his release from prison.

As such, the strain theory and, most notably, the rebellion mode of adaptation is closely linked to the fact that Alex refuses to accept the realities of the society he is part of (although, and this needs to be emphasized, the movie does not present sufficient information for the viewer to have a good idea of how this society actually is

. Through some of its absurdities, including Alex's treatment itself and the fact that Mr. Alexander is put away at the end of the movie, we tacitly understand that this cannot be a reasonable or fair society), and creates and adopts his own society. The society he creates is a society based on violence, the reason for this being linked to the psychoanalytical explanation previously mentioned.

On the other hand, the strain theory can also be used to explain some of the eventual developments in Alex's behavior. The strain theory proposes a classification based on the relations between the set goals and the person's availability to pursue and achieve those goals. This is what happens after Alex's treatment: he forcibly accepts the goals (that of not pursuing violent acts anymore), but the overall mean to achieve that goal is illegitimate, because, as the priest pointed out after the end of the experiment, Alex no longer possesses the capacity to differentiate good from evil and make his own choices in life according to this differentiation. While he will be able to reach his goal of not being violent, this is done to the detriment of his capacity to evolve as a human being in society. This is shown in the subsequent actions of the movie, in which he is beaten up in situations where he should actually be defending and standing up for himself.

In terms of the strategy used for controlling delinquency, "A Clockwork Orange" offers a good case of specific deterrence, the severe punished aimed at ensuring that the juvenile delinquent no longer commits the respective crime. In Alex's case, this is driven to a new level, because it appears as a continuous specific deterrence: he receives an acute punishment every time he manifests the intention of committing a certain crime.

Overall, all the juvenile delinquency and related strategies for controlling delinquency should be perceived in the context of the movie, which presents a dystopian and absurd society in any case. As a result the theories themselves cannot have the same stance as they would in the real world, because the author is more interested in the artistic evolution of his character rather than in such theories. Nevertheless, it is also obvious that the evolution of the character can be somewhat linked to delinquency theories, from the psychological and psychoanalytic perspective.


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2. Merton. Merton's strain theory. Retrieved November 10, 2005 from

The juvenile justice system: delinquency, processing, and the law. {4th Ed}. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall


Merton. Merton's strain theory. Retrieved November 10, 2005 from

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