From the beginning of the novel until almost the last chapters, we can see the importance of violence through out Alex life. He feels great when performing rape, robbery and violent actions such as fighting as he describes it as you read the novel.
In the second chapter, Alex describes violence as a work of art.
- “Dim had a real horrorshow length of oozy or chain round his waist, twice wound round, and he unwound this and began to swing it beautiful in the eyes or glazzies. Pete and Georgi had good sharp nozhes, but I for my own part had a fine stary horrorshow cut-throat britva, which at that time, I could flash and shine artistic.” Pg 16
- ” It was stinking fatty Billyboy I wanted now, and there I was dancing about with my britva like I might be a barber on board a ship on a very rough sea, trying to get in at him with a few fair slashes on his unclean oinly listo” Pg 16.
As we can see Alex describes violence as dance, which is considered a work or art. This is a paradox, because there are contradictory ideas.
-“Georgie let go of holding his goobers apart and just let him have one in the toothless rot with his ringy fist, and that made the old veck start moaning a lot then, then out comes the blood, my brothers real beautiful” Pg. 07
2. Aesthetics – Appreciation of beauty and Art.
During the first part of the novel, we can see how Alex describes Dill as a nasty and unclean person. This shows to the reader the importance and appreciation of beauty to Alex.
- “Dim as usual come out the worse in point of looks, that is to say his listo was all bloodied and his platties a dirty mess, but the others of us where still cool and whole.” Pg 16
As you continue reading you can see the importance of music the Alex, he likes classical music as we can see in the following quote.
- “What’s all this about sin, eh? Using Ludwig van like that, he did no harm to anyone. Beethoven just wrote music” Pg. 113
- “Then I notice , in all my pain and...