A Clockwork Orange | The Nihilist Void

The notion of the Absurd contains the idea that there is no meaning to be found in the world beyond what meaning we give to it. This meaninglessness also encompasses the amorality or "unfairness" of the world. This contrasts with "karmic" ways of thinking in which "bad things don't happen to good people"; to the world, metaphorically speaking, there is no such thing as a good person or a bad thing; what happens happens, and it may just as well happen to a "good" person as to a "bad" person.

There are also many lenses and ideas that give A Clockwork Orange it's significance.

Existentialists like Sartre, who can only see the bleak and meaningless aspects of living, have missed the opportunity that this philosophy gives to structure and guide their lives based on their own inner moral principles....


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Existentialism A Clockwork Orange influenced individuals to believe what Burgess personally believed was right and wrong.

A Clockwork Orange, like so much of the violence we watch through our fingers, shows us to be on the wrong side of the line, and that somehow we always wind up there, regardless of our efforts to be good (Fargo does this especially well). We do work like machinery, always ticking towards “wrong,” because we are clockwork addicts, and clockwork depressives, and clockwork worrywarts, and clockwork cheaters, and clockwork self-justifiers…and Christianity, most fundamentally, understands this. For every harm, there is redemption. A twenty-first chapter, you might say. But it has nothing to do with our will.


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Fifteen years after its initial release, Burgess wrote an addendum entitled, “A Clockwork Orange Resucked.” (What a wonderful title. No matter what his stance on the human will, no matter what sort of violent art he birthed, you gotta love this guy’s writing.) Burgess implored the world to forget A Clockwork Orange, mostly because its popularized version portrayed humanity as morally imprisoned:

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In A Clockwork Orange the protagonist was forcefully changed from being rebellious and evil to unwillingly being good using classical and operant conditioning.

Human free will is fundamental, but so is the safety of a society.

It’s also just one of many Clockwork Orange-inspired images that ..

In his novel A Clockwork Orange (1962), Anthony Burgess portrays an ultimately free individual and shows how a society cannot cope with the freedom which it in rhetoric so eagerly seeks to promote....

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, an English writer, published his study in 1956, initially to critical acclaim. In this book and others (e.g. Introduction to the New Existentialism), he attempted to reinvigorate what he perceived as a pessimistic philosophy and bring it to a wider audience. He was not, however, academically trained, and his work was attacked by professional philosophers for lack of rigor and critical standards.