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There are many smaller particulars in which the film and book differ Alexs

weapon in the book is a razor, and in the film its a knife hidden within his cane; in
the book hes conditioned against all classical music, and in the film its only
Beethovens Ninth; he volunteers for the Ludovico conditioning in the book and
its assigned to him in the film; in the book hes fifteen and in the film hes a few
years older; there is no mention of Singin in the Rain in Burgess novel. The
title A Clockwork Orange is given no explanation in the film, but in the book Alex
finds a manuscript in the home of the couple he assaults:
In the book
There is no mention of this

The girl that is about to be

raped by Billyboy's gang is 10
years old.
Alex takes home and rapes two
10-year-old girls, Marty and
Sonietta, after meeting them in
a record shop. Alex buys the
girls ice cream and food prior to
raping them
Dr.branom is male

Alex beats an old man carrying

library books, who later
recognizes him and (with other
aged people) assaults him in a
library after his treatment.

In the movie
Alex has a pet snake
She is a young woman

The girls are teenagers, and

their sexual encounter with
Alex appears to be (at least
mostly) consensual. He doesn't
provide them with food at all.
The character is potrayed by a female
Alex and his droogs beat a tramp, who
later recognizes him and, with other
homeless people, assaults him after his

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When trying to escape from the

cat lady's house, Alex is
stopped by Dim, who attacks
him and leaves him for the
police. Dim uses his "oozy" (or
chain) to whip Alex across the
F. Alexander recognises Alex
through a number of careless
references to the previous
attack (e.g., his wife then
claiming they did not have a
F. Alexander can walk when he

Dim smashes a milk bottle

across the side of Alex's head.

Alex is recognised when singing

the song 'Singing in the Rain' in
the bath.

Alex's gang's attack leaves F.

takes Alex in, lives alone and

takes care of his own chores.
Alex watches the Ludovico
experiment films all by himself.
Alex and his gang rob a shop,
later presenting an alibi to the
police in the form of some old
women they bought drinks for
swearing they'd been at a caf
all night.
The title of the book comes
from a fictional essay F.
Alexander was writing, about
the Ludovico procedure and
how a man with a conscience
but that is unable to make his
own choices is no longer a man.
Alex remembers and mentions
this during the demonstration
after the experiment's
Alex commits, or is blamed for,
a second murder. This takes
place in the prison cell and the
victim is a quarrelsome man
who is not liked by any of the
other inmates. One particular
night they decide to "teach him
a lesson". Some hold him down
while others take a go at him.
Alex finishes it off and the
inmates decide to blame it all
on him.
The book has a chapter after
the hospital scene where Alex is
'cured', revealing that as he
grows older, Alex naturally
loses his affinity towards
violence and desires to start a

Alexander confined to a
wheelchair, and he gets a
manservant named Julian.
A doctor is by his side to apply
eye drops as he watches them.
Does not happen

Title never comes up or it is not


The other inmates aren't a big

part of the movie.

The film ends immediately with

the hospital scene where Alex is

The cat-lady in the book is very old, but in the film she is
younger. Her erotic art and sculptures also arent in the
In the film Alexs parents are reading newspapers about his
cure and release before he arrives home from prison. In the
book they are completely unaware of these events.
In the book Alex isnt drugged by the writer as he is in the
In the book Alexs suicide attempt is from a block of flats,
rather than a country manor.
But the most drastic disparity between A Clockwork Orange the film and the
novel is that Kubricks film omits a (sort of) happy ending epilogue written by
Burgess for the book. The original American publication of A Clockwork Orange
also excluded this chapter, in which Alex is growing out of his taste for violence
and looking forward to a future with a wife and son, whom he does not want to
turn out like Alex himself. Without this epilogue, A Clockwork Orange ends on a
truly black note. There is no point of writing a novel unless a moral change as
such in a clockwork orange exists and this moral change after seeing his old
friend who has a family and makes him want to have one as well and a child of
his own that doesnt turn out to be like him is not shown in the film.
Personally think?:

Now, aside from the omission of the 21st chapter in the film, there are very
few differences between the book and the film. Kubrick did an excellent job
of translating this book. The themes are intact, practically every scene in
the book made it into the film with very few moments being omitted. This is
the kind of book that you read, and as you read it you can see the film
playing in your mind, you can hear the lines spoken. I swear I heard
Malcom McDowells voice every time I read the words Your humble
narrator. In a world where book to film translations are often times
disastrous, A Clockwork Orange is not. It is a faithful translation of the
book every step of the way. Add to that Kubricks pitch perfect visuals and
image compositions and you have yourselves a masterpiece. The film is a
perfect marriage between images and music, with Kubrick making
extensive use of classical music to effectively enhance many of the
scenes. In other words: theres a lot of Beethoven in this film! There are
some tough moments to watch too, like the scene where Alex and his
droogs break into a house and rape this woman as they make the husband
watch. I guess it all serves as a way to nail the idea home that Alex and his

pals are completely out of control and have total disregard for human life. It
aint easy watching them doing these vile acts, specially as they sing
"Singing in the Rain" while doing it. The horrifying part is that there are
people like this in the world. People that never learned that the choice to
be good to our fellow man should always come from within ourselves.
That same as a freshly squeezed orange can produce delicious orange
juice, we are all capable of goodness and humility and that if we dont
choose to be good on our own, then the system can turn us into
mechanical versions of human beings, hence the title A Clockwork
Orange. We dont want to be Clockwork Oranges now do we?


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