A Clockwork Orange: Choice and Life-Course Theory

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1. "The question is whether such a technique can really make a man good. Goodness comes from within, 6655321. Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man" (Burgess, 83). The priest would later say that Alex ceases to be a wrongdoer and a creature capable of moral choice. The priest is talking about the new rehabilitation program for which Alex becomes the first participant. Reflect on the priest's statements. What does he mean? In regards to our society, do we take away the act of choice for juveniles? (Think about the theories that we have discussed. Are juveniles "driven to" delinquency or do they make a conscious choice between right and wrong?)

The priest's first statement is accurate in
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Alex, as well as Pete, can be categorized as adolescent-limited offenders. They both had increased their level of offending when they entered adolescence and reduced it upon entering adulthood. Though in time, people begin to grow up and see a much larger, more important picture. After Alex saw Pete living a life or love and honor, I believe that it made Alex think and have a positive model to look up to.
3. Theorize about Alex's delinquency. Use strain, social learning, control, or labeling theories. You may also develop an integrated theory drawing on any number of the above listed theories. Integrated theories do not just apply various components of the theories as they "fit", but, rather, they are meant to explain a phenomena (i.e. delinquency) in a way in which one theory cannot do by itself.

It is without a doubt that Alex experienced an excess amount of stain, was learning from his peers to be a sort of "leader" in delinquency, was not presented with strong direct controls, and was labeled as a bad person more than one time throughout the book.
From the beginning Alex's "droogs" were always looking up to him for direction. He had been learning by these experiences a life of crime and he enjoyed and strived to be a leader in these crimes. When he was losing his control of his friends he tried harder to gain their trust in him as a leader. For example, when he broke into the lady's house

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