A Clockwork Orange – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis


Wassup Droogie? This week gettin’ a taste
of the ol ultra-violent with A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. England sho as hell seen better days. Cuz
up in this crooked-ass future, the government got errybody by the nuts and young thugz rule
the streets doin violent deeds on the reg. And there ain’t no gang rollin rougher than
Alex and his droogies Dim, Georgie, and Pete. One night after sippin some of that crunk-stuff
at the Korova Milk Bar, Alex and his boys hit the streets to get their fix of sweet
violence. After whoopin up some strangers, lootin’ a store and boosting a car, Alex
and da crew swang through the boonies when they stop a cottage, mask up, bust in, BRUTALIZE
da husband and rape his woman while he WATCH. Damn, B. This is some f***** up sh*t right
hurr. Later, dem Droogies start flexin like they
be questioning Alex’s authority. But when Alex whips out his shank, he puts dem bitches
back in their place. Cold blooded. That night they decide to step up their game
by robbin some rich old hag’s crib. Alex sneak in and knock dat bitch out, but not
before the 5-0 be closin’ in. Just as Alex bout to bail, Dim pops Alex in
his grill, leaving him to get GOT by the fuzz. Now 15-yr old Alex got his ass tossed in the
clink. Damn. After Alex smacks up one his cellmates real
good, he gets picked to be a lab rat for some shit called The Ludovico Technique. Basically,
a bunch of government scientists pump his ass with drugs, make him watch videos of real messed up sh*t, and condition him to get sick as a dog whenever he think of something violent
or sexual. Thing is, these videos sometimes bumpin classical music, which be one of the
only things that mean a damn thing to him. Now he can’t listen to his jam without losin
his yarbles. Since he “rehabilitated,” Alex gets released to the outside. While Alex lurkin round da streets, he keeps
gettin his ass kicked by people who recognize him from his gang-bangin days. Just when sh*t’s gettin rough, the law breaks up the scuffle. But turns out, one of these badge-wavin crackas
is DIM. Da hell?! After gettin straight F***** up by some back then hustlaz, Alex stumbles to a cottage beggin fo help. Turns out, Alex now chillin with
the same brutha whose ass he beat and whose wife he raped. Luckily, he don’t recognize
Alex at first. Instead, he just wanna use Alex as a poster boy for his posse of anti-government
blowhards. But just like the government, they just gonna put the hurt on Alex for they own
ends. So they lock him up in a room, start bangin some classical music, and Alex try
to snuff it. But since dat was a little bitch fall, Alex
ends up aight. Actually he better than aight. He been cured of the Ludovico Technique. After
a while, Alex gets to thinkin, realize how empty his life be, and decide to stop thuggin
ultra violent, and make himself a one lady man. Man this ending sucks. GO WATCH THE MOVIE! Now yo bitch-ass might be thinkin: Da hell
this got to do with oranges? Well peep this, sucka- tha book’s title spittin game bout
tryna take something organic, like an orange, and tryna make it work like a machine- which
is exactly what errybody tryin to do to Alex, not just the scientists. And if Alex cayn’t
choose between good and evil, then he ain’t a human being- he’s just a clockwork orange. Matter of fact, Alex’s name got a built
in “f*** you” to all those people tellin him how he gotta roll. See, da name Alexander mean “defender of man.” And in Alex’s case, he’s fighting for humanity’s right
to choose even if they choosin to do some twisted things. Look, even though the state tryin to do some
good by usin the jacked up Ludovico Technique, they ain’t just riddin the world of evil.
They also killin the good. Like one of dem goverment puppets say- “Delimitation is always difficult. The world
is one, life is one. The sweetest and most heavenly of activities partake in some measure of violence – the act of love, for instance; music, for instance.” See problem is cultures always thinkin in
black and white. Something’s either good or its evil. But on the real, it’s never
that simple. Nothing’s ever completely good or completely evil. But no matter how many damn times some ballin’ artist or philosopher spit dat truth, we just can’t seem to understand it. Humanity gonna think they got errything all figured out, only to bone up and do it over and over again. Like clockwork, playa. So start yo re-education by hittin dat subscribe button, padna. Viddy- well my literary OGs.

100 thoughts on “A Clockwork Orange – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

  1. Hmm never thought about Clockwork Orange that way. To me it just looked like the author made a weird blend of the Russian and English language to tell the story of sadistic people living in a messed up world.

  2. Great video, but i wish you could talk about the post war teenage british mentality that Burgess tried to talk, and better meaning about the title, witch the writer learned as a slang for homossexual man in London.
    Iknow that restreaining the video is a necessary move…

    p.s don´t mind the errors, i´m kinda drunk

  3. That's likely the best summary of the human condition I have been privy to…Thank you!!! I saw this movie as a young teen and it opened my mind towards free thought.

  4. ive seen the movie a few times , I don't see why its disturbing or violent , its just social commentary satire , its like Orwell meets kafka.

  5. you skipped the bit where he meets 2 girls ( younger in the book – but concential in the movie one took her name off the credits"

  6. I have been using your channel throughout my educational career, and you have always been able to take the most boring (or notoriously disgusting) book and make it both palatable and enjoyable. You should do The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad, all the videos out there are pretty lack luster and his use of delayed decoding makes the book difficult to grasp for a lot of readers.

  7. Only, the "thug" component of this review comes through less than normal—-largely because the thug language is just the natural way to describe the novel's action.

  8. Clockwork mechanism is something fake in poster we have have teeth in water of jar and first clockwork toy was biting teeth. Writter in wheelchai is Antony Burgess (as leftist super intellectual) Kubrick smashes his house. Burger ( German-town a hill pyramid) , and french and russian (nadsat) word ( «Буржуа» upper class). and of course beef product after milk is burger meat. In nazi propoganda movies shows where three Wehrmacht soldiers smashes doors in poland (probably jew house) same three mirroring drugs droogs smashes writer house. And of course kill cat Lady with fake teeth (teeth was made painting instead show real violence). No linear narrative everyone lies especially Alex.

  9. The title of the book comes from the [old] Cockney (East London) phrase “queer as a clockwork orange,” meaning that something looks normal on the outside, but is bizarre within.

  10. The book has two ending…The American censors couldn't handle the original so they forced a rewrite, the European release has the authors original ending…spoiler alert! He doesn't repent or reform and goes back to his ultra violent ways.

  11. I kept this episode carefully on my ,,watch later" playlist so i could read the book first. Finished it seconds ago. I am excited.

  12. I love these videos because I always have something to take away; never knew the origin of the name “Alexander“ in relation to the overall story. Only thing is if you choose to think about it like that, why no mention of the names relation to the one character that was actually referred to as “Alexander” and not only the nickname “Alex”? A very interesting missed opportunity to ponder 🤔

  13. Can someone explain the ending to the movie?
    Earlier on in the film, when the old man and his people played Ludwig's Ninth for Alex, he literally felt so much pain that he had to jump out of a window to get away from the music.
    But when the politician played the same symphony for him with the speakers that were brought into his hospital room, he started to dream about having sex.
    What. The. Fuck.
    What happened to the effects of the Ludovico technique?

  14. Holy shit dude you are awesome
    I was guessing it meant something like that but never knew how to express it;__(the organic as a machine part);__;

  15. Holy slander, Sparky sweets: how do you keep DOING this?
    How does our world keep seeing these "truths" in literature that apply to the real world, & yet still refuse to see HOW they apply to the real world right now, & how these insights can help things?
    Everything you just said about systems & ideas not being able to be all good CAN help fix many of the major wrongs in the world. I'm not kiddin'. It's how we view our systems of governance that is the problem, not the problems themselves that are.
    For instance: if the police in North Korea were arresting the possessions of citizens under suspicion of being obtained through criminal activity, wouldn't we all KNOW what bs that was? Well? When 'W' told us all that "Money + free speech", can you imagine how people would have laughed if Vladimir Putin had said it?
    If we didn't worship "Government" as a Force For Good in the world that was "for us, on our side", would we allow cops to shoot unarmed Blacks just because shows of force by the representatives of Central Authority make the dominant White culture feel more protected, and victims be damned? Would we allow fracking on Vladimir Putin's say-so, or even on the say-so of the oil companies themselves?
    When you name a thing our group of people anything but "human", you automatically do one of these: you elevate it to a superior status, or just the opposite. "Government" is the first. We treat it as a collection of God-like powers and give its politicians divinity by association.
    How can we hold the Divine accountable?
    There IS no such thing as "Government." There are only people who work in offices that possess the label "government." "Government" doesn't arrest criminals, pave roads, or even levy taxes. But by labeling the group of people who DO all those things such, we give them a privileged status. And this is what allows them to steal, lie & murder.
    The corporations too. http://allaregreen.us/
    There's a solution to these problems right in here, but so far, no one wants to discuss this.

  16. thinking in a dichotomy is a problem since civilization began: you're either with us or against us , you are either evil or good , you either love god or hate him and so on . the black or white dichotomy is the reason we have wars .

  17. I'll put a clock on your noose, all right. How kind of them to give somebody's battery a boost enroute to the old Surprise Visit. How can a saltine wave a badge? You be trippin'.

  18. "The divine trickster" is the best you could come up with for the all "white" side? I don't think Hermes was is the best example of being virtuous and saintly. Definitely more of a grayish god.

  19. Actually that ending was only published in the UK. In America the book ends completely different. Also you described the Ludovico Technique wrong. It's a form of aversion therapy. Subject is exposed to a stimulus (music) while simultaneously being exposed to a discomfort (pictures of murder and death). It was just a coincidence the doctors used his favorite symphony (Beethoven's Fifth Symphony).

  20. I wanted to let you know that I have included this video on a new section of my website dedicated to sharing these literary works with a broader audience. If you have any problems with the usage, please contact me. But, check it out first. I think it complements the material quite well.

    http://charitablecomputing.org/burgess_anthony.html

  21. The most interesting thing about the 21st chapter by far is that after returning to the thug life, Alex distances himself from the criminal activity and starts acting more like a military general by having his subordinates pull all the weight instead of proving himself, sending Bully into a building to rob it instead of going in himself, having his three new droogs beat down on bystanders for him, ect. There are two ways to interpret this, the first being the obvious act of delegating the workload to his subordinates unlike before where he lead by example, the second being that Alex has lost the taste for being hands on in his criminal activity, not as a residual effect from the Ludovico technique, rather because he was on the receiving end of all of his own crimes while under its influence, that is to say, helpless to fight back like the common bystanders Alex had brutalized. Furthermore, committing crime by proxy had made him lose the taste for his career choice all the more because there's no thrill from being an observer.

    It might not be the criminal high-life open ending everyone loves from Stanley Kubrick's movie, but Anthony Burges' entire point with Alex's character was to create a stage for a redemption arc and not just a straight character study of a sociopath.

  22. The boy's extra chapter at the ending is worse than bad writing; it's amoral. Alex being unchanged at the end of the film is the much needed reminder that he's just a metaphor and a character; it's our own free will that should be celebrated and indulged in. Since the whole movie forms a "grudging palship" (Roger Ebert) with Alex, its ending expresses our necessity and deserved freedom to enjoy and be offended by the likes of Alex in a movie, but we must remember that it's only a movie and the reality is that he's evil. There's no duality to him, as there is to us in the audience who find him interesting, he just has fucking Antisocial Personality Disorder. I understand the intention of connecting Alex with how we're all inherently more aggressive and apathetic in youth, but the book's extra ending is the only one where Alex actually gets off scott-free, and it trivializes all the repugnant things we saw him do over the course of the story. It throws out any necessary connection with reality for metaphor and makes the story seem self-indulgently exploitive, instead of ingeniously so

  23. “Man this ending sucks,Go watch the movie!”
    For some reason I though this was part of the Hunger Games video, I only found it now

  24. I actually learned an approach today I wasn't aware of earlier: Reading the "orange" as a referent not to an oddly(!) misplaced (i.e., postpositioned) adjective, but the whole title as an N–N compound.
    It changes the whole f-ing deal! ô__O

  25. I absolutely love this one! Especially when you hype the movie. Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director. Thank you!

  26. Also around half the words in the book are made up. I'm not entirely sure why this is, but for some reason it really adds to the novel.

  27. That was a surprisingly good & accurate depiction of the film, done in an unusual style, I liked it 👍

  28. I can understand dissatisfaction with the ending but personally I kinda like it. I feel that with the repetition of the book’s introduction and Alex’s later revelation that, “the youth may end up being subject to the same failings as his generation despite ones’ best efforts,”, cements the cyclical nature of it all. With freedom to choose and relative blindness to the repercussions of one’s actions (relative, to their experienced-or in the case of the metaphor-sighted parents of course) adolescents will likely end up doing the same stupid shit Alex did, only with different clothing
    ,slang and social climate. The Adults will be left dismissive of their own youthful stupidity and all the more juvenoid. I’ll agree that it definitely comes out of nowhere, but I think there’s something to be said about it for sure. It’s actually a little bit Sartresque if you think about it (not that that name drop alone makes it worthy of further consideration of course)

  29. This is the first time I have disagreed with this guy's analysis.

    He has the right to his opinion, and his reading of the themes isn't off the wall or anything— I just like the ending because the narrator reforms after he sees that another of his gang members rehabilitated willingly into a more meaningful life and decides he wants the same. I think the ending sends the message that people aren't monsters and they can be influenced through example and other means to do good willingly rather than that monsters like the narrator just need to be killed before they destroy everything and everyone around them.

  30. It refers to an expression Burgess had heard people use: 'Queer (strange or odd) as a clockwork orange.' Of all the things that can be operated by gears and springs, oranges are the last to come to mind. Clockwork animals and people make sense: clockwork fruit does not.

  31. Damn, that’s a deep book. I always thought it was just a goofy movie like Rocky Horror Picture Show or something. Looks like I’ve got some reading to do!

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