Clockwork Orange: Survival Of The Fittest

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Survival of the Fittest: A Race to the Top in A Clockwork Orange Survival of the fittest can be seen in all corners of the world. From ants, to gorillas, and especially to humans; the race to become the best is evident everywhere. In order to live and thrive, it is essential for an individual to strive for excellence, power past the weak, and find ways to pass obstacles. This battle is a highly regarded Darwinian theory that nature selects its most prestigious to carry out a successful life and surpass the weak. Although it is in fact a theory, many individuals find it to be the golden rule of evolution. Anthony Burgess, the author of many perplexing novels, found that within human beings lays a code for survival. In A Clockwork Orange, Burgess reveals that individuals who lack corrupted morals or brutal behaviors prove to be the weaker links within society Lacking in brutal behaviors and corrupted morals, the prison chaplain who guides the protagonist, Alex, suffers the disappointment of failure. As a man of Christian beliefs, his purpose is to preach excellent morals. Throughout the novel, how he continuously reprimands the workings of the Ludovico Technique, a brain washing procedure in which Alex is put under to become “good”. He questions the morality such a procedure; often saying, “The question is whether such a technique can really make a man good. Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man” (Burgess 93). He attempts to inject his morals into his authorities and Alex. However, the chaplain follows a submissive lifestyle; other than verbally, he does not act against his authorities. The Prison Charlie understands that “When he speaks out against the treatment in front of prison and state officials, he jeopardizes his own career” (A Clockwork Orange 6). Men such as the chaplain following strong moral beliefs follow
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