Can a society deprive a man of his agency and still expect him to be good?
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In a near-future Britain, the world had changed. It was a dark place, where violence and destruction ruled the streets. Young Alexander DeLarge was one of many who sought a life of debauchery and chaos, seeking thrills in beating and raping anyone they pleased. But Alex was different. He loved classical music, and he found solace in the work of Beethoven. As he moved through the city, he was both the leader of his gang, known as the Droogs, and an outsider, disconnected from the violence he inflicted. But change was coming, and the state was eager to crack down on juvenile crime. As Alex and his friends continued to destroy lives and tear apart families, the authorities sought a way to stop them. They found it in a procedure that would rob Alex of all personal agency, leaving him a shell of his former self. In a time when conscience was a commodity, can Alex change his tune?
Chapter 1: The Droogs
The night was dark and the air was thick with the scent of fear. The Droogs were out, looking for trouble. Alexander DeLarge, their leader, was in high spirits. He felt alive, invincible. He and his gang roamed the streets, looking for helpless victims. They were in the mood for some ultraviolence.
Alex’s companions were his loyal pack: Dim, Georgie, and Pete. They were the toughest kids in the neighborhood, feared by all. Alex was their natural leader, and they followed him without question. Together, they were unstoppable.
They came upon a group of young men, walking home from a night out. The Droogs closed in, their eyes full of malice. The young men tried to back away, but there was nowhere to run. Alex and his gang attacked. They pummeled their victims with fists and boots, laughing as they inflicted pain.
But it wasn’t enough. Alex wanted more. He wanted to break them, to make them suffer. He grabbed one of the young men by the hair and dragged him to a nearby alley. The others watched in horror as Alex forced the man to his knees.
The young man begged for mercy, but Alex wouldn’t listen. He was in his element. He pulled out a knife and pressed it to the man’s throat.
“Sing,” Alex commanded. “Sing like an angel.”
The young man struggled to comply, but Alex was relentless. He twisted the knife, drawing blood. The man started to sing, his voice weak and trembling.
Alex smiled in satisfaction. It was beautiful, like music. But it wasn’t enough. He plunged the knife into the man’s chest, ending his life.
The others were stunned, silent. They had never seen Alex so ruthless. But Alex was indifferent. He felt alive, like a god. The Droogs moved on, leaving the bodies behind. Nobody would miss them.
As they wandered the streets, Alex’s thoughts turned to Beethoven. It was his favorite composer, and he had been listening to his music all day. It was the only thing that could calm him.
Alex saw a shop window with a record displayed, and he went in. The shopkeeper was cowering behind the counter, afraid of what the Droogs might do. Alex paid him no mind. He found the Beethoven record, put the needle down, and closed his eyes.
The music washed over him, and he felt peace for the first time in hours. He began to sway, lost in the melody. The Droogs watched in confusion, unsure of what to do.
But their moment of confusion was brief. A police siren sounded in the distance. The Droogs scattered, running in different directions. Alex was alone, surrounded by the music.
He smiled, listening to the familiar sounds. He knew he would do it all again, and he couldn’t wait for the next opportunity.
As he walked away from the shop, he hummed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, lost in thought. The music made him feel alive, and he knew it always would.
That was until the day that the authorities caught up to him. They had something planned for him, something that would change him forever.
Chapter 2: The Arrest
As Alexander DeLarge sat in his cell, he couldn’t help but feel a sense of emptiness. For the first time in his life, he was faced with the consequences of his actions. His gang, the Droogs, had lost their leader, and he’d lost his freedom.
The government had been cracking down on juvenile crime, and the public demanded swift justice. The trial was quick, and the verdict was a lengthy prison sentence. However, there was a glimmer of hope. The government offered him a chance to reduce his sentence by undergoing an experimental treatment.
They called it the Ludovico Technique. It was a form of aversion therapy that involved forcing the patient to watch violent and disturbing images while being injected with a drug that induced nausea and pain. The idea was to associate the patient’s violent behavior with discomfort, ultimately eliminating their desire to commit violence.
Alex was hesitant, but the thought of being released from prison early was alluring. He agreed to the treatment and was transferred to the hospital where the procedure would take place.
The procedure was invasive and painful. His eyes were held open with metal clamps while images of violence and destruction were projected onto a screen in front of him. He could feel the drug coursing through his veins, making him sick to his stomach.
After the procedure, Alex was released back into society. He was no longer the same person. The urge to commit violence had been replaced by a feeling of fear and discomfort whenever he encountered anything violent or disturbing. He was a model citizen, no longer a threat to those around him.
As he walked the streets, he was a different person. The once confident and aggressive Alex was now timid and fearful. He couldn’t bring himself to listen to his beloved Beethoven anymore, as the music he once loved was now associated with the pain and discomfort of the Ludovico Technique.
His rehabilitation progressed quickly, and he was released back into society. He found a job at a local store and began rebuilding his life. However, as much as he tried to forget his past, it continued to haunt him.
One day, Alex was walking home from work when he saw a group of his former victims. They recognized him and began to taunt him, reminding him of the pain he had caused them. Alex tried to walk away, but they followed him, and he found himself backed into an alley.
As they closed in on him, something inside Alex snapped. The fear and discomfort he had associated with violence transformed into anger and rage. He fought back, attacking his former victims with a ferocity he had never felt before.
The Ludovico Technique had failed, and Alex’s violent nature had returned. He fled the scene, knowing that he had undone all the progress he had made. He was now a wanted man, hunted by the government and his former gang, who saw his betrayal as the ultimate act of weakness.
As he went into hiding, Alex struggled with who he was. Was he the model citizen the government had created, or was he the violent criminal he had always been? He didn’t know which was worse, the guilt of his past or the uncertainty of his future.
The Ludovico Technique had robbed him of his agency, leaving him unsure of who he was and what he was capable of. As he looked out at the world, he saw a society that had traded its individuality for the illusion of safety. The government had created a world without violence, but at what cost?
As the manhunt for Alex intensified, he realized that he had a choice to make. He could continue to run, to hide, to live in fear. Or he could fight back, to reclaim his agency and his identity. The Ludovico Technique had failed him, but maybe, just maybe, there was another way.
Chapter 3: The Procedure
Alex woke up in a sterile white room, his head throbbing with pain. He looked around and realized he was strapped to a chair with metal restraints. Panic set in as he tried to free himself, but the restraints held firm.
A door opened, and a group of doctors and government officials entered the room. They wore white lab coats and stern expressions, looking down on Alex with an air of superiority.
One of the doctors stepped forward and introduced himself as Doctor Brodsky. He explained that Alex had undergone a new experimental treatment called the Ludovico Technique. The purpose of this treatment was to eliminate all violent tendencies and impulses from Alex’s personality.
Alex was horrified, realizing that he had been stripped of his free will. He screamed and fought against the restraints, but it was no use. The doctors injected him with a serum that would enhance the effectiveness of the treatment, and Alex felt his mind slipping away.
Over the next few weeks, Alex was subjected to a grueling regimen of psychological conditioning, forced to watch violent films while being injected with nausea-inducing drugs. The purpose of this was to associate feelings of sickness and disgust with violent behavior.
Alex was also subjected to a series of electric shocks every time he felt a violent impulse or thought. The shocks were excruciatingly painful, and Alex soon found himself unable to even think about violence without the fear of being shocked.
As time passed, Alex’s mind became a blank slate. He no longer felt anger, hatred, or any other strong emotion. He was like a robot, mechanically following orders without any sense of personal agency.
Eventually, the day came when Alex was declared “cured” and released back into society. He was no longer a threat to himself or others, but he was also no longer human. He was a shell of his former self, barely capable of communicating with others.
Alex’s family and former friends were shocked by the change in his behavior. They no longer recognized the person he had become, and his once-close relationships were now strained.
Alex struggled to find his place in the world, having lost his identity and purpose. He felt like a puppet, controlled by the government and stripped of his humanity.
Despite the success of the treatment, Doctor Brodsky and his colleagues were not satisfied. They wanted to push the boundaries further and test the limitations of the Ludovico Technique.
The government saw the potential of the treatment to create a docile and obedient population, free from crime and rebellion. They began to implement the technique on a larger scale, using it to strip away the individuality of anyone who posed a threat to their authority.
Alex watched in horror as his once-free society became a dystopian nightmare. The streets were patrolled by robotic police, and citizens lived in fear of expressing their opinions or going against the government’s wishes.
Alex was torn between the safety and security of the new society and the cost of his own freedom and identity. He realized that the Ludovico Technique had not only robbed him of his violent tendencies but also of his ability to make choices and act on his own accord.
As the days passed, Alex began to feel a deep sense of emptiness and longing for the life he had once known. He began to question whether his free will was worth sacrificing for the illusion of safety and order.
The climax of the story comes when Alex is faced with the ultimate choice: remain a model citizen under the government’s control or join the resistance and fight for his own agency. The decision he makes will have far-reaching consequences and unexpected twists and turns, leaving readers on the edge of their seat until the final page.
Chapter 4: The Betrayal
Alex has been released from prison, his mind free of violent tendencies due to the controversial Ludovico Technique. However, the past is not so easily forgotten, and it has come back to haunt him. The victims of his previous crimes and his once-loyal Droogs have joined forces, seeking revenge on the reformed Alex.
Alex is caught off guard when he is confronted by his former victims in the street. They taunt him, reminding him of the horrors he inflicted upon them. He tries to explain that he is a changed man, that he has been reprogrammed, but they refuse to listen. They see him as nothing more than a monster.
As they close in, Alex turns and runs, desperately trying to escape his past. He seeks refuge with his former Droogs, hoping that they will take him in and protect him. He is shocked to discover that they are no longer on his side. They too have turned against him, blaming him for their own incarceration and punishment.
Alex is forced to flee, realizing that he is completely alone in a world that he no longer understands. He has lost his identity, his friends, and his purpose. He is a shell of his former self, a mere puppet controlled by the government.
As he wanders the streets, searching for a safe haven, he encounters a woman who takes pity on him. She offers him a place to stay and encourages him to rediscover who he truly is. Alex is moved by her kindness, but still haunted by his past.
One day, while out searching for work, Alex runs into Pete, his former right-hand man in the Droogs. Pete seems genuinely surprised to see him, and offers him a job at his record store. Alex is hesitant, unsure if he can trust Pete, but he needs money and a purpose.
For a while, things seem to be going well. Alex is rebuilding his life, making new friends, and even starts a romantic relationship with the woman who took him in. However, it all comes crashing down when Pete’s store is raided by the police. They find illegal substances, and Alex is once again taken into custody.
This time, Alex is not afraid. He has realized that his reprogramming was not genuine, that he was forced to behave a certain way. He is determined to fight for his own agency, to be true to himself, even if it means going against the government.
In prison, Alex encounters a man who is part of a resistance movement. They believe that the government has gone too far in their quest for control, and they are fighting to restore individuality and personal freedoms. The man offers to help Alex, and he gladly accepts.
Together, they plot their escape and join forces with the resistance. Alex is finally able to reclaim his identity and be true to himself, even if it means going against the government and facing the consequences.
The betrayal of his former friends and the realization that he was never truly free has led Alex down a path of rebellion and defiance. He is no longer a victim of the Ludovico Technique, but a fighter for his own agency and the freedom of others.
Chapter 5: The Rehabilitation
Alex wakes up in a sterile room, surrounded by medical equipment and unfamiliar faces. He blinks a few times, trying to adjust his eyes to the bright white light. A woman in a lab coat approaches him and introduces herself as Dr. Llewelyn. She tells him that he has successfully undergone the procedure and is now a model citizen.
At first, Alex is confused and disoriented. He can’t seem to recall the things he’s done in the past, and his love for Beethoven has vanished. Dr. Llewelyn assures him that this is all part of the process and that he will adjust in time. She then proceeds to explain to him the rules and regulations of his new life.
“You are to follow a strict schedule,” she says, handing him a piece of paper with a detailed plan. “You will wake up at 7 am, have breakfast at 7:30, and so on. You are to attend classes and work, and in your free time, you can engage in hobbies like knitting or painting. Anything to keep you occupied and away from harmful activities.”
Alex is taken aback by this new way of life, but he doesn’t protest. He’s too scared of what might happen if he steps out of line. He follows the schedule to the letter, attending classes on morality, ethics, and citizenship. He’s surprised by how much he enjoys learning new things, but he can’t shake the feeling that something is missing.
In his free time, he tries his hand at painting, but he finds it tedious and unfulfilling. He tries to listen to music, but it doesn’t evoke any emotions in him. He feels like a shell of his former self, devoid of passion and purpose.
One day, while walking through the corridors of the rehabilitation center, he hears a familiar tune. He stops in his tracks, trying to pinpoint where it’s coming from. He follows the melody to a room at the end of the hall, where he sees a group of people gathered around a piano. A young woman is playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Alex can’t help but join in.
He sings along, his voice filled with the same passion and intensity that he once had. The other people in the room look at him in awe, stunned by his talent. Alex is finally able to connect with something, and it feels liberating.
The woman playing the piano introduces herself as Sarah, and Alex instantly feels drawn to her. They start talking, and he learns that she’s a part of a group that helps former criminals like himself reintegrate into society. They offer support and guidance, helping them find their true calling in life.
Sarah invites Alex to join their group, and he accepts eagerly. He starts attending their meetings and learns about the resistance movement that’s brewing. They want to overthrow the government and restore individual freedom to the citizens of Britain.
Alex is hesitant at first, but the more he learns about the movement, the more he realizes that he’s not the only one who’s been robbed of his agency. He meets people from all walks of life who have had their minds manipulated by the government, and he feels a sense of camaraderie with them.
As he spends more time with Sarah, he realizes that he’s developed feelings for her. He’s never felt this way before, and it scares him. He’s afraid that his past will catch up with him, that he’s not worthy of love and affection.
Sarah sees through his insecurities and helps him confront his demons. She tells him that he’s not defined by his past actions and that he has the power to change the course of his life. Alex starts to believe her and starts to see a future where he can be truly happy.
But their happiness is short-lived. One day, while attending a meeting with the resistance group, they’re ambushed by government forces. Alex and Sarah are separated, and he’s forced to flee for his life.
As he’s running through the streets, he realizes that he’s faced with the ultimate choice: join the resistance and fight for his own agency or remain a model citizen under the government’s control. He thinks about Sarah, about the people he’s met, and about the person he used to be.
In the end, he decides to join the resistance. He knows that the road ahead will be difficult, but he’s willing to fight for his freedom. As he raises his fist in defiance, he feels a sense of purpose that he’s never felt before. He’s no longer just a victim of circumstance; he’s a survivor.
Chapter 6: The Resistance
Alex had never felt more alive. The adrenaline was rushing through his veins as he followed the group of rebels through the abandoned streets of the city. They were a small but determined bunch, united in their mission to break free from the oppressive government that controlled every aspect of their lives.
The group was led by a man named Jonah, who had once been a professor of philosophy before the government banned all forms of higher education. Jonah was a charismatic figure, with a keen mind and a passionate heart. He had a vision, a dream of a world where people could live freely and pursue their own happiness.
Alex was fascinated by Jonah’s ideas and found himself drawn to the group’s cause. He had always felt a sense of emptiness in his life, an emptiness that classical music had only partially filled. But now he had found something that gave him purpose, something that made him feel like he was part of something greater than himself.
The group spent their days planning and organizing their next move. They would meet in secret locations, away from the prying eyes of the government’s surveillance systems. They would discuss strategy and tactics, and share stories about their lives before the government took over.
Alex found himself becoming close to a woman named Rachel, who had once been a nurse before she was fired for refusing to perform abortions. She was sharp-witted and fiercely independent, and her courage inspired Alex. They shared a bond that he had never felt with anyone before.
One night, as they were walking back from a meeting, Alex and Rachel were ambushed by a group of government agents. They were beaten and dragged away to a secret facility, where they were interrogated and tortured for hours.
But even as he was being beaten, Alex knew that he would not betray his friends. He had found something worth fighting for, and he would not let them down.
Weeks turned into months, and Alex and Rachel were able to escape with the help of a sympathetic guard. They met up with the rest of the group and resumed their fight against the government.
They became bolder and more daring, launching attacks on government buildings and disrupting their communications systems. They spread flyers and propaganda, encouraging people to join their cause and rise up against their oppressors.
Alex knew that the government would stop at nothing to crush their rebellion, but he also knew that they were on the right side of history. They were fighting for something that was worth dying for.
One day, the group received word that Jonah had been captured by the government. They were devastated, but they knew that they had to act fast. They launched a daring raid on the government facility where Jonah was being held, fighting their way through the guards and freeing him from his cell.
As they were making their escape, they were confronted by the head of the government’s security forces. He offered Alex a choice: turn over Jonah and receive a full pardon, or face the consequences of defying the government.
Alex looked into the man’s eyes and knew that he would never betray his friends. He spat in the man’s face and turned to run, knowing that he might never make it out alive.
The group fought their way to the edge of the city, where they were met by a helicopter that had been sent by a sympathetic foreign government. They climbed aboard and watched as the city disappeared into the distance.
Alex felt a sense of relief and triumph as they flew away. They had made a difference, they had fought for what was right, and they had won.
But as he looked back at the city, he felt a pang of sadness. He wondered how many people were still living under the government’s control, how many were still suffering in silence. He vowed that he would never forget their struggle, and that he would continue fighting for their freedom until the very end.
Chapter 7: The Choice
Alex stood at a crossroads. On one hand, he could continue living as a model citizen under the government’s control, allowing them to dictate his every move and thought. On the other hand, he could join the resistance and fight for his own agency and the freedom of others.
He had come a long way from the violent and anarchic youth he once was. The government’s rehabilitation program had erased those parts of him, leaving him with a clean slate. For the first time in his life, he had a purpose, a direction, and he felt that he was finally in control of his life. But he knew that this newfound sense of control was illusory, and that it was only a matter of time before the government’s control over him would become too much to bear.
On the other hand, the resistance
Some scenes from the movie A Clockwork Orange written by A.I.
Genre: Science Fiction/Drama
Logline: In a dystopian Britain, a young man’s love for classical music sets him apart from his violent gang. After undergoing an experimental treatment that robs him of his agency, he must confront the consequences of his actions and decide if he can change his ways.
EXT. BRITISH TOWN – DAY
We see ALEXANDER DELARGE (18), a charismatic and intelligent youth, walking down the streets with his gang, THE DROOGS. They wear all-white clothing with black hats, and carry weapons.
Look at that old man. Let’s give him a lesson.
Yeah, let’s teach him a lesson.
Play some music, Alex. Beethoven.
Alex takes out a small handheld player and starts playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The Droogs begin to dance and laugh.
INT. OLD MAN’S HOME – DAY
The Droogs enter an old man’s home, who is sitting in a wheelchair, watching TV. They start destroying the house, while Alex continues to play the music.
“I was cured all right.”
The old man screams as the Droogs beat him up. Alex watches with a smirk on his face.
EXT. LONDON STREETS – DAY
ALEX, a young man with a twisted sense of pleasure, leads his gang, the DROOGS, down the street. They wear black hats and have a menacing swagger. They come across an elderly couple and circle around them.
(to the couple)
Well, well, well. What do we have here? Some juicy goodness ripe for the taking.
The couple trembles in fear.
(to his friends)
Boys, let’s have some fun.
The Droogs move in on the couple.
INT. COURTROOM – DAY
Alex sits in the defendant’s box, flanked by his disinterested parents. The JUDGE presides over the proceedings.
Alex, you have been charged with multiple counts of assault, battery, rape, and attempted murder. How do you plead?
Well, sir, I plead innocent. I was just having a bit of fun, you know.
The judge rolls his eyes.
That “fun” almost killed an innocent family. You deserve to be locked up for a long time.
(to the judge)
Is there any way we can reduce his sentence, your honor? He’s just a boy, after all.
The judge looks thoughtful.
Actually, there is a way. We have a new experimental treatment that can change people like Alex. But it’s not without its risks.
Anything to get out of this boring place, your honor.
INT. LABORATORY – DAY
Alex is strapped to a chair, his eyes propped open with metal clamps. A SCIENTIST stands behind him, ready to initiate the treatment.
This may hurt a bit, Alex. But it will be worth it in the end.
The scientist injects Alex with a serum, and he screams in agony. He’s subjected to a barrage of images and stimuli, designed to alter his behavior.
INT. PRISON – DAY
Alex, now a shell of his former self, sits in his cell, devoid of all emotion. He doesn’t even flinch when a group of thugs come to beat him up.
What’s the matter, boy? You can’t even defend yourself anymore?
Alex stares blankly ahead, no longer capable of violence.
INT. PRISON – DAY
Alexander DeLarge, a young man with a love for classical music, sits nervously in a sterile room. A team of doctors surrounds him, preparing him for an experimental procedure.
Are you ready, Mr. DeLarge?
I suppose so.
This procedure will remove your ability to commit acts of violence. You will become a model citizen, free to integrate back into society.
And what about my love for Beethoven? Will that be taken away too?
Of course not. Your appreciation for music will remain intact.
The doctors begin the procedure, and Alexander’s body convulses in pain.
INT. ALEXANDER’S ROOM – LATER
Alexander wakes up in a sterile room, feeling different. He no longer feels the urge to commit acts of violence. He sits up and looks around the room, taking in his surroundings.
INT. CAFETERIA – LATER
Alexander sits at a table, eating his meal. A group of prisoners approach him.
What’s the matter, Alex? You not feeling like yourself anymore?
Yeah, you used to be one of the most vicious droogs out there.
Alexander stares at them, his new sense of morality conflicting with his past actions.
INT. ALEXANDER’S ROOM – NIGHT
Alexander lies in bed, struggling to come to terms with his new persona. He picks up a book and begins to read, searching for some form of comfort.
INT. GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL’S OFFICE – DAY
A government official looks over a file detailing Alexander’s progress.
(to a colleague)
Impressive. DeLarge is responding well to the treatment. We may have finally found a solution to juvenile crime.
INT. ALEXANDER’S ROOM – NIGHT
Alexander lies in bed, staring at the ceiling. He begins to hum a Beethoven sonata and realizes it is the first time in a long time that he doesn’t feel conflicted.
INT. ABANDONED WAREHOUSE – NIGHT
Alex is huddled in a corner, fear etched on his face. In front of him are his former gang members, led by Dim.
(voice dripping with malice)
Look at you now, you little worm. Can’t even protect yourself without your fancy procedure.
I’ve changed, Dim. I’m not the same person I was before.
Changed? You’re nothing but a coward now, a sniveling little rat.
Alex tries to stand up, but his legs are shaking. The gang moves closer, ready to pounce.
You don’t belong anywhere anymore, Alex. Not with us, not with the good people. You’re just a freak.
Suddenly, the door bursts open and a group of hooded figures rush in. They wear masks and carry weapons.
(intense voice, to Alex)
Come with us if you want to live.
Alex looks at them, unsure of what to do. The gang hesitates for a moment, then attacks the hooded figures, a violent fight follows.
The screen fades to black.
EXT. REHABILITATION CENTRE – DAY
Alex sits on a bench outside the rehabilitation centre, staring at the passing cars. A man sits down next to him.
Hi, my name is John. What’s yours?
So, how’s rehabilitation treating you?
It’s hard. Trying to make amends for what I’ve done is not easy.
I know how you feel. I was once in your place.
Alex looks at John, intrigued.
I was a drug addict, and I turned to crime to support my habit. But these people helped me turn my life around.
I don’t know if I can ever make up for my past deeds.
Don’t worry about that now. Just focus on trying to be a better person. That’s all anyone can ask for.
The two sit in silence for a few moments.
Hey, you want to join us for a group meeting tonight? We talk about our struggles and how we can help each other.
I don’t know. I’m not good with groups.
It might surprise you. Give it a try.
Alex nods slowly.
Okay, I’ll come.
Great, I’ll see you there.
The man gets up and walks away. Alex watches him leave.