Clockwork Orange Punishment

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The film, A Clockwork Orange, directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, was released in 1972 in the United States and United Kingdom. It challenged the morality of torturing violent criminals in order to reform them into peaceful citizens as a form of punishment. A Clockwork Orange was created with the intention of sending the message that punishment should be used to deter individuals from committing crimes, but not by intentionally inflicting physical or psychological injuries. In A Clockwork Orange, the main character, Alex DeLarge, is the evil antagonist, identified in the film by ominous background music. Leader of his three followers, Alex and his minions often went on unspeakably violent rampages. When Alex's followers turn on him…show more content…
The director wanted to convey the idea that it was not, therefore the film came to a conclusion the coincided with that sentiment. One of the main points for this argument in the film was that fact that this type of punishment did not allow for free will on the individual's part. Inflicting physical or psychological injuries to take away the free will of criminal individuals does not solve the problem. This is because punishment does not guarantee that a criminal will not commit crime again unless the punishment takes away their free will. This was the problem with the punishment used in A Clockwork Orange. Alex no longer committed crime after he received his treatment, but as it was mentioned in the film, he no longer had the choice because his free will had been taken away. Another problem with leaving physical and psychological injuries is that ultimately, it causes more harm in society than benefit because then, at best, all that is left are people who conform to society's views of what is right and those who are injured. Once Alex was given back his free will, he went back to having violent thoughts, which implies that the punishment was ineffective once the psychological and physical side effects had worn…show more content…
However, this was short-lived, potentially due to the Spiral of Silence Theory, which refers to one side of an issue dominating the public, while leaving other parts of the dialogue silent due to the persuasion of public opinion. This may have also encouraged film supporters to promote research to back up the movie's claims. One recent piece of research did precisely that. Its findings were that proponents of torture were not basing their beliefs off factual evidence. Studies were released demonstrating that punishment as serious as the death penalty has never been proven to deter other members of society from committing crime (NAACP 2015). If the highest form of corporal punishment cannot noticeably deter people from committing crime in general, then it would be illogical to believe that other forms of punishment that leave physical and psychological damage would be any more effective in deterring crime. To do so would be unjust because it doesn't solve the problem that the punishment is trying to remove and causes physical and psychological harm to the person being punished. The film tried to convey

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