A Clockwork Orange
Study Questions & Essay Topics
1. What is the nature of Alex’s relationship with his parents, and how is this relationship important to the novel?
2. What is the significance of nadsat in the novel?
3. Trace the change that the government in A Clockwork Orange undergoes over the course of the novel. What does this change reflect about the designs of the State?
Suggested Essay Topics
1. Discuss the relationship between Alex and F. Alexander. What importance does it have, with respect to the novel as a whole?
2. What is the significance of the title A Clockwork Orange?
3. Given Alex’s comparison, in the final chapter, of young people to wind-up toys, do you think that Alex considers his life in Part 1 to have truly been free? Do you consider it to have been truly free?
4. Describe the structure of A Clockwork Orange. What significance does that structure have for the novel as a whole?
5. Discuss the role of music in the novel. What relationship does it have to violence? What relationship does it have to the structure of the novel?
6. Based on the young people in the novel, how might you describe Burgess’s attitude toward teenagers?
by ThatGenericUsername, November 29, 2012
Just wanted to say thank you for the post of the Nasdat dictionary. The language of the story was a bit overwhelming at some points, though this helped me pull through. I'd also like to mention the explanations under the "Important Quotes" were a very interesting read. If anyone reads this comment, I'd recommend them a read for a potential boost in the understanding of the subliminal contexts of Burgess's story.
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