A Clockwork OrangeFirstly, as we look for fidelity,in the book Alex has droogs beside him and in the movie too Alex has droogs to accompany him. The names of droogs in the book and in the movie are the same. There is Korova Milk Bar in the movie as in the book. Also there is their special drink MolokoVellocet in the movie and it is also in the book. There are sexual objects and tables in both the movie and the book.
How Alex was betrayed and arrested is the same in the book and in the movie. The Ludovico technique is also in the book and it is one the most important part of the movie. The most important similarity for fidelity is the nadsat language. It is the language that Alex and his droogs speak in the book and in the movie. In fact some of the words in the book are also included in the movie. For example the words droog, droogie, to viddy, oomny, bog, malchick, to tolchock, yarbles are the same words that the book and the movie have.
As for infidelity,in the book Alex is 15 years old a young boy but in the movie there is nothing specific about his age in fact he looks older than 15. In the movie some of the songs were different from the book for example in the first pages of the book the song ‘ you blister my paint” is sang by an amateur singer in Korova Milk Bar, and in the book when Alex lying down on his bed naked he was listening the ‘Geoffrey Plautus Violin Concerto” and for this work he was saying it is the embodiment of perfection and prodigiousness, but there are no scenes like that. In the movie the ending scene is in a hospital it is different from the book, in the book he is cured in the hospital where he stays. He does not react to violence anymore. He believes he can go back to his old days and he has a gang again. One evening, Alex drinks molokovellocet with his new droogs then gets bored and starts to walk away from his droogs. He wants to drink tea, enters a place where quite ordinary people sit and chat. He came across one of his old droogs, Pete, he was sitting with a woman when he saw the Alex he became happy after they talk Alex surprises the idea of that Pete could get marry because Alex never thought Pete is going to marry ever. After that moment Alex wanted to be a normal person, he wanted to be a father.There are some certain symbols in the movie. Alex and his droogs represent the immoral and dirty nature of the humankind. For this reason Alex and his droogs are in action, they always wear mask. So what masks symbolize is that the masks they wear are actually a barrier between them and the society. So by wearing masks, they actually isolate themselves from society. Second important symbol in the movie is music. For Alex, beauty is in classical music and especially in the works of Ludwing van Beethoven. But in the movie whenever there is a violent act, we always hear Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. So whenever there is music there is a chaos which means that the music is the part of violent nature of Alex. Third symbol is Nadsat language. The Nadsat language is a unique invention created by Anthony Burgress. While he was writing the novel, he knew that using a contemporary language would sooner or later make the novel quickly dated. For this reason he created something unique for Alex and his droogs. As in masks, the Nadsat language is also a symbol of Alex and his droogs’ isolation from society. In the movie the Nadsat language is only used by them. Because they are also unique characters in the novel so is the Nadsat language. Another symbol is the milk. Milk is associated with innocence and healthy growth. First reason that milk is favorite drink for Alex and his droogs is that they are teenagers though they don’t seem in the movie. Secondly, when they drink the milk, they act in a childish way. Use of color in a Clockwork Orange is another important issue to mention. First and foremost, Anthony Burgess’ novel centers on a dystopian future. For this reason, by using lots of black and white Stanley Kubrick wanted to give its dystopian feeling to the audience. Also, in the very first scene, we see a close up scene from Alex’ face. On the right eye there is fake eyelashes on the Alex’s face. With this angle Stanley Kubrick actually emphasized two-facedness of Alex. From one side Alex is a smart and young attractive boy, but from the other side he is disturbing, cruel and rapist. As the camera goes back, we see Alex and his droogs together drinking their milk. In this scene they are all in white, which is also a symbol of innocence.As for the critical evaluation of the movie, A Clockwork Orange is a movie that focuses on issues like human nature, social norms, and self-control. Their meaning comes mainly from the context and the details in the work. The movie is set in an unspecified dystopian future. The specific year and location are not disclosed but it is clearly not the present and not a safe place. It can be interpreted that it’s a setting created for the movie itself or a place that is not civilized enough, but either way, the place the movie takes us to is dirty, unsupervised and isolated. It is a place that gangs are allowed to rule the night and walk around freely during the day. The visual style of the movie helps to establish this sterile world. The whole movie is just simply uncomfortable. At no point are we shown anything wonderful or glorified. The actions, even those of our protagonist are purely awful. We see violence, rape, corruption, hatred, and anger. Alex, the protagonist, is someone driven by his impulses and by extension, his own nature. He’s the kind of person that can use charm, faked or not, into getting a woman to sleep with him, at the same time will also rape someone for the thrill of the aggression. He’s someone that gets his facilities taken away in prison and yet uses the Bible as a sort of contact high. He’s the person to be in a good state and yet steal for the bragging and boasting about it. Alex takes what he wants because his nature is telling him that is what he should do. There’s no real logic or thought process. He may not know who he is but he knows what he is about, which is a key to this movie, what someone is about, his or her deepest instincts or their human nature. In a world that cares more for scientific advancement than ethical and moral values, why wouldn’t people see a negative aspect of society, like crime, as something to wipe off entirely.1. Do you think that this film which is another work that Stanley Kubrick carefully selected from the point of view of the cameras to the surrounding objects, is sufficient as adaptations when you compare with the book?A: We cannot say that every details which is in the book was adapted into a screenplay. But we can say that there are the surrounding objects which are sufficient for the adaptation and it reveals the fact that the movie is a good adaptation.2. Why are there so many made-up words in ‘A Clockwork Orange?”A: Because concept of the story line must be different from the other novels or movies. The author, Anthony Burgess thought that he could create a sort of future slang, therefore he would bring innovation to the history of novel.3. How Kubrick’s use of music shapes the viewer’s experience of A Clockwork Orange?A: When we look at the music, we can recognize the harmony which refers the way you feel like it is going to be terrifying incidents when you hear the music. As you remember, while Alex rings the doorbell,( he was trying to enter the house) Beethoven’s 5. symphony indicates that something like creeping and threatening is about to happen. Over here, when we look at the other music exhibited in the movie shapes your feelings.4. What does Stanley Kubrick try to express by using the title?A: he tries to express by using the title that a person who has the appearance of an organism lovely withcolour and juice. Actuallyit is only a clockwork toy to be irritated by the society, god or devil and so on.5. What is nadsat language and from which language is it developed?A: Nadsat language is the mixture of English and other languages. Though there are some germanorigined words, Russian language plays the biggest role because Anthony Burgess borrowed words from Russian language and combined them with English grammer.6. What are the examples of nadsat language in the movie?A: In the movie we see less Nadsat words compared to the novel. But some of the examples are droogie, viddy, omny, bog, malchick, tolchock, yarbles etc.7. Is nadsat important in the novel? If so, why?A: Yes, because the language of the both movie and the novel is something unique because Anthony Burgess created the language specially for the novel and Alex and his droogs.8. Do you believe that Alex is cured at the end of the movie?A: He formerly was a person who spreads the terror on society, at the end of the movie he looks like a moral person who has a socially acceptable lifestyle. I don’t think so he is cured because he might be sarcastic towards the end of the movie.9. How is Alex’x relationship with his parents?A: Alex’s relationship with his parents is friendly, but he finds little in them to admire or to aspire.10. What is the main theme of A Clockwork Orange?A: There are lots of themes which are involved in the movie, but in my opinion the main theme is ‘Order in Society versus Freedom of Choice” because Alex is constantly exposed in this two conflicts in the movie.