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Question on the ending of A Clockwork Orange

by physicist311
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Jul12-09, 03:22 PM
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Hi everybody,

Hope this counts as a brain teaser. Anyways I watched a movie called "A Clockwork Orange" by Stanley Kubrick the other day and was a bit confused at the ending. I was wondering why the doctors reversed Alex's treatment? I thought it might have something to do with giving the government a better image, but the reversal implies Alex could go back to being a criminal, and he could kill again, which would look bad for the government. So it seems the government is screwed either way. Any thoughts?
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Jimmy Snyder
Jul12-09, 04:55 PM
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By all means, read the book. Get an edition with 21 chapters in it. Kubrick made the movie from an edition with only 20 chapters.

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Jul12-09, 11:29 PM
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A confusing ending? In a Stanley Kubrick film? That's just crazy talk!

I'm pretty sure A Clockwork Orange was commenting on the British Criminal system and how it was victim to politics. Alex was a pawn. He was in or out of the system - helped or punished - depending what what suited the needs of those in power or those looking to acquire power. That was the message of the film. Remember how that politician (can't remember who it was now) was literally spoon-feeding Alex in his bed? Alex knew he was a pawn, and knew he could make it work for him.

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