The Treatment

So here it is, the “treatment” Alex receives to become a better person. I have to apologize for the delay between posts, I planned on writing sooner, but I haven’t been feeling well these past few days. This is also going to be another long post, so I hope you like reading (why would you be here if you didn’t like to read, though?)

It’s actually more torture then it is treatment, but Alex doesn’t know this. He was only told that he would be getting out of jail in a week or so if he had accepted the treatment. Dr.Branom is in charge of making sure that Alex becomes fully reformed, and his method for doing so is to have Alex watch some special movies. Now these are no ordinary movies, dear readers, nor will Alex be watching them with popcorn and soda. After every meal, Alex gets a shot of something. It’s not vitamins. As Alex lays in his new bed, he thinks about the first things he’ll do after getting out of prison. ” Perhaps getting a new like gang together for the nochy, and the first rabbit would be to get old Dim and Pete, if they had not been got already by the millicents.” It’s very clear that Alex wants revenge on Dim and Pete. After his meal, the nurse walks in and gives him a shot, and, a while later, Dr.Branom comes in to escort Alex to his first feature-length presentation. On a wheelchair no less, since Alex has been suffering from “undernourishment.”

The injection that the nurse gave Alex was most likely a drug, as it’s the only real explanation for why Alex feels so suddenly weak. Mind you, he had just gotten out of a prison fight the previous night and fought perfectly fine in it. The room Alex is in has a chair, a large screen covering the wall that the chair is facing, speakers and dials all on the other walls, and a one-way mirror for the doctors to watch Alex through. Alex gets strapped in the chair, unaware of the torture he’s about to experience. It’s dramatic irony, I’d say.

“What came on was a street, as it might have been any street in any town, and it was a real dark nochy and the lamps were lit. It was a very good like professional piece of sinny, and there were none of these flickers and blobs you get, say, when you viddy one of these dirty films in somebody’s house in a back street. And then you could viddy an old man coming down the street, very starry, and then there leaped out on this starry veck two malchicks dressed in the heigheth of fashion, as it was at this time (still thin trousers but no like cravat any more, more of a real tie), and then they started to filly with him. You could slooshy his screams and moans, very realistic, and you could even get the like heavy breathing and panting of the two tolchocking malchicks. They made a real pudding out of this starry veck, going crack crack at him with their fisty rookers, tearing his platties off and then finishing up by booting his nagoy plott (this lay all krovvy-red in the grahzny mud of the gutter) and then running off very skorry. Then there was a close-up gulliver of this beaten-up veck, and the krovvy flowed beautiful red. It’s funny how the colours of the like real world only seem really real when yous see them on the screen.” It’s the first movie Alex gets shown, of many. Alex notices that he’s begun to feel a bit sick, but writes it off as the undernourishment. Also, this being a vital quote and super important, I’m making the first movie my quote of the week.

The second movie features a young woman getting the old in-out by a gang of malchicks, and it’s now that this sickness returns to Alex. The third film comes on, and Alex gets worse. He tries to close his eyes, but they are peeled open by the chair he’s strapped into. Next there’s a pale face being mutilated, and Alex’s condition continues to deteriorate. The fifth film comes on, and it’s an old woman who was beaten in her store. The malchicks broke her leg and the old woman burned alive after they torched the store. Alex wants to be sick, but he just can’t seem to be sick. Then the sixth film comes on. It’s prisoners being tortured by the Japanese during World War 1. All manners of cruel torture are shown, and Alex has had enough of it all. He cries out for it to stop, and the doctors laugh.

It’s the end of the first session, and Alex doesn’t know why he feels so sick about all of it. Dr. Branom explains it as a miracle of life. And like a miracle, Alex no longer feels sick. He feels incredible and even wants to eat. An officer comes in to check on Alex and get a bit of information on what he plans on doing after he gets out of jail. It’s not that important, but what is important is that he asks Alex is he wants to punch him. After some irritation, Alex clenches his fist and whiffs the punch. He immediately feels sick and immediately feels well again. The nurse brings his food in and then Alex sleeps. He has a nightmare about one of the films he was shown. In it, he was the ringleader of the malchicks doing the ultra-violence on the young woman, and then Alex began to feel sick. So sick, in fact, that he wakes up feeling sick. He wanted to vomit, but couldn’t muster the strength to. He falls back asleep, no dreams.

It’s the second day and the same sort of torture is still going on. It’s the last film of the session, and another World War 1 film comes on. Made by the Nazis, it depicts the separation and torture of Jews. In the background is Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Alex notices this, and screams for it to stop. Him being a lover of classical music, Alex doesn’t want to associate his favorites with the sick feelings he gets. He calls it a sin to use Ludwig van’s music like this since he had never hurt anyone before. Alex catches on that the films are what make him feel sick, and that if they would stop then he would no longer feel sick.

Dr. Brodsky explains it was associative learning, which is a very real thing. He asks Alex if he knows what’s causing the films to make him sick. “‘These grahzny sodding vesches that come out of my gulliver and plott,’ I said, ‘that’s what it is.'” Alex is wrong. It’s the needles injections he’s been getting that make him sick. Alex decides not to care about the movies; he only cares about the music now. He tries to convince the doctors that he’s seen the error of his ways and doesn’t want to do anything violent anymore. It’s in vain.

Next is a bit of a montage of the days gone by, with only a few significant things happening. He tries to hit away the injection on day 6, and ends up getting strapped down on his bed. He recieves the injection anyways then goes onto his daily torture. It’s all the same. One morning Alex tries to slam his head into the wall, but he gets sick and can’t do it. Another morning, Alex is allowed to walk to the torture room instead of being wheel chaired there. He also doesn’t get an injection that morning. That day he gets sick, and concludes that it must be that the injections are now a part of his body, and he’ll permanently get sick whenever he tries to do something violent. Alex cries during a film about the torture of Jews, so the doctors have to wipe away his tears. Alex devise a plan to escape. He cries out to his guard that he is sick and prepares to beat him and make a run for it. Alex gets sick and fails his escape attempt, and the guard and his buddies beat Alex that night.

The day arrives. Alex is being let out of prison. The doctors present Alex as some sort of science experiment to the Chief Guard and Minister of Interior. Another guard comes up to Alex and starts messing with him, twisting his ears and flicking him in the nose. It’s purely antagonistic. The doctors tell him to stop the example, and continue to address the press. One man notes that Alex doesn’t have a choice but to be good in fear of being physically sick. Then they say it: “We are not concerned with motive, with the higher ethics. We are concerned only with cutting down crime-.'” This torture they subjugated Alex to was done without morals in mind. These doctors would probably be arrested and sentenced to a very long jail sentence if this was the real world. The unethical treatment of Alex is strictly against one of the moral codes of being a doctor.

“‘Me, me, me. How about me? Where do I come into all this? Am I like just some animal or dog?… Am I just to be like a clockwork orange? I didn’t know what made me use those slovos, brothers, which just came to me like without asking into my gulliver.” Alex is questioning his role in all of this. What does he gain from becoming their lab rat? The Chaplain comes to Alex’s side during all this, seeing the inhumanity of the experiment. The rest of this meeting only serves to show how the change affected Alex and the morals discussing said change. This part ends with the Chaplain exclaiming “‘God help the lot of us.'”

So the second part of the dear novel is over, and the vital question is raised. Did Alex truly deserve this torture? It is a question that I’m sure is answered in part three. For now, however, I must go into the night! Like bread to butter, I must lay on my warm bed, melting in sleep. Farewell for now, and I shall add sinny (movie) to the glossary! Farewell readers!

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