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Steven Hirsch <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 17 Aug 1995 21:21:09 GMT
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Molly Olsen wrote--
>On the other hand, I think A Clockwork Orange has a clearer message, which is
>not exactly that violence is bad (it's glorified by Alex's glee in his
>violent acts at first, and the audience can see the humor in it as he does,
>but then when Alex is punished with institutional violence any humor
>disappears and the violence seems oppressive rather than liberating --
>there's a lot more to this).
I may be missing the point here.  Why are violent acts committed by a
glamorous thug humorous and liberating, while violent acts committed by the
institution are humorless and oppressive? And I'm not sure that Alex's acts
are morally ambiguous, if that is what was meant.  The institutional violence
is morally ambiguous because it is meant to prevent Alex from causing harm.
Alex's violence is only for his amusement, which still doesn't make it amusing
to me.
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