A Clockwork Orange Book Summary and Study Guide

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Alex and his droogs (aka mates in this future's slang) drink drugged up milk, talk in rhyme-y childish words, and beat,rape, and loot others.
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Eventually Alex's power over his friends crumble and they leave him blinded after murdering an old lady, leaving him to the police.
Alex (at only 14) gets sent to prison and, rather than serve his full sentence, signs up for an experimental rehabilitation project, which subjects him to torture and drops him into the outside world where he is unable to harm others due to the extreme nature of the tests.

Although he cannot harm others, others can harm him.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   drugs you    -   controls your mind Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen Really unusual traits?    -   Mentally ill or deluded


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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