Abuse Of Power In A Clockwork Orange — страница 2
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the choice of good, Alex does not remain ignorant to this choice throughout the entire novel. In the beginning, he believes that violence is the only way to prove his control. This then leads to his loss of control through the loss of his ability of choice. Only in the very end does Alex finally evolve and become a well-rounded character. He realizes that he does not have to choose evil and abuse his position to prove his right of choice. Proven is his freedom to decide between good and evil. “But where I itty now, O my brothers, is all on my oddy knocky, where you cannot go. Tomorrow is all like sweet flowers”(148). Alex now knows that his future is open for his choices to lead him. For good or for evil, it is his right to decide, and this is what truly proves his power. Through these thoughts narrated by Alex, he illustrates how horrible it is to be powerless and how it proves through characterization that man develops power through the element of choice. These thoughts and feelings prove that through a first person narrative point of view, the author is able to effectively demonstrate how the element of choice is essential to man. Throughout the story, Alex is the narrator for the reader. The only feelings and insight originate from Alex’s point of view. This view is very biased and one sided, thus evoking a sense of sympathy and compassion from the reader. Even though he commits horrible, senseless acts of violence, they are lightened by his narrated thoughts to prove his control. Alternatively, any attempt to control Alex is shown as a horrendous attack and abuse of power. When the ability to choose independently between good and evil is stripped from Alex, he realises the importance of choice to his rights as an individual. “I was not your handsome young narrator any longer, but a real strack of a sight”(55). Alex has lost all of his rights and control of himself, which leads to his loss of self respect. He has now lost what gave him ascendancy over the weak, his free will and ability of choice. As stated in the story, “goodness is chosen from within”(67). When choice is forced, man no longer has any power within himself. He is told from the prison warden, “When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man”(67). After being told, Alex is still able to sign over his rights as an individual. In each stage, his point of view proves how he loses his natural power as he loses his choice. When Alex regains his ability to decide between good and evil, he narrates, “And there was the slow movement and the lovely last singing . . . I was cured all right”(139). Through this thought, he proves power through the ability of choice. He once again decides upon evil to display his power through violence. This thought is crucial to the reader’s understanding of how close the ability of choice is related to individual power. The demonstration of his free will and his loss of power through the absence of choice is effectively accomplished through the use of first person narration. Throughout this story, choice has proven many aspects of power and it’s abuse. Through strong symbols in imagery, Alex’s characterization, and his point of view, the absence of choice is proven as the most debilitating and most overlooked depravation of man’s individual power. In everyone’s life, the struggle for power exists in all situations. The decision between good and evil is the power that anyone must have as an individual. The choice of which path to take is dependant on the person and the situation, but the realization that both exist is a power unto itself.