Literapedia Book Notes for

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess


Characters

Part 1

  • Alex (ch 1)— a 15 year old gang leader who frequently commits violent crimes
  • Pete (ch 1)— Alex's droog
  • Georgie (ch 1)— Alex's droog
  • Dim (ch 1)— the largest and dumbest of Alex's droogs
  • Billyboy (ch 2)—a rival gang leader
  • The writer (later known as F. Alexander) (ch 2)- the author of A Clockwork Orange
  • P.R. Deltoid (ch 4)— the director of Alex's correctional school

Part 2

  • Prison Charlie (ch1)— the minister at Staja 84f
  • Zophar, Wall, The Doctor, Big Jew, & Jojohn- Alex's cellmates in Staja 84f
  • Minister of the Interior or Inferior (ch 2)- the government official in charge of the criminal Reclamation Program
  • Dr Branom (ch 3)— Dr Brodsky's assistant
  • Dr Brodsky (ch 4)— fat doctor who is the head of the Reclamation Program

Part 3

  • Joe (ch 1)- a man who lodges in Alex's parent's house while Alex is in jail
  • Z. Dolin, Something Something Rubinstein, & D.B. da Silva (ch 5)- F. Alexander's colleagues
  • Len, Rick, & Billy (ch 7)- Alex's new droogs

Chapter Summaries

Part 1

  1. Alex's gang buys drug-laced drinks, beats up a scholar, and robs a shop, hospitalizing the shopkeepers
  2. The gang beats up a drunkard and gets into a gang fight. Later, they steal a car and invade the house of a writer (whose manuscript is entitled A Clockwork Orange),where they beat him, trash his house, and rape his wife.
  3. The gang abandons the car in a lake, and later goes to a bar and hits on some girls. Alex and Dim get into a fight, and Alex returns home and drowns himself in classical music.
  4. Alex has a dream about Georgie and Dim, then decides not to go to school and gets a visit from his correctional school's director. Alex meets two young girls at a music store, takes them home, and rapes them.
  5. Alex's dream comes true: there is a power shift in the gang. Alex and Georgie knife-fight for supremacy.
  6. To prove his authority, Alex breaks into the cat-lady's house and assaults her. His droogs abandon him and he is arrested.
  7. Alex is taken to jail and brutally beaten by the guards. He learns that the cat-lady has died from her wounds.

Part 2

  1. Two years later, Alex is still in prison, now known as 6655321. He goes to Sunday Chapel and learns about a drastic new rehabilitation technique from the prison charlie.
  2. After Alex and his cellmates beat a fellow inmate to death, he learns that he will be a guinea pig in the new criminal reclamation program.
  3. Alex begins the program, even after misgivings from the prison chaplain. Dr Branom gives Alex a physical and tells him that all he has to do is watch films and get a shot in the arm after every meal.
  4. Alex watches his first movie, which features beatings, rape, and torture.
  5. Alex begins to feel the results of the program (ie.. he feels sick when he sees violence), and has a nightmare.
  6. Alex notices that Beethoven is being played in the background of the movies, and begins to resist the injections. Later the injections are stopped, but Alex still gets sick. He tries to escape but can't go though with it.
  7. The doctors put Alex's new "crime-free" personality to the test, a day before he is released.

Part 3

  1. Alex returns home to find that a lodger is living with his parents, and that all his things were taken by the police, so he leaves.
  2. Alex gets drunk on the spiked milk, and has thought of suicide. He goes to the library and is attacked by a group of scholars, including the man he attacked in Pt. 1 Ch 1.
  3. The police officers who saved Alex are none other than Billyboy and Dim, who drive him outside the city, beat him, and leave him for dead.
  4. Alex finds himself drawn to the HOME of the writer, who takes him in, cares for him, and pronounces him "a victim of the modern age." Alex learns the writer's wife died as a result of his gang's violence.
  5. Alex meets F. Alexander's colleagues, and is put up in his new home, where he is so tortured by the unceasing classical music that he jumps out the window. Upon hearing Alex's speech and the word "Dim," F. Alexander almost remembers who killed his wife.
  6. In the hospital, Alex realizes that the men were using the music to drive him mad to achieve their own political ends. The doctors tell him that he is cured. He meets with the Minister of the Interior, who offers him a job, a stereo, and the friendship of the government.
  7. Alex is running with a new gang, but his mind is not in it. He meets a now married Pete and rethinks his life.

Student Contributors


Sarah "Burcher," '08