Demystifying Violence in Stanley Kubrick’s Movie, A Clockwork Orange: A Zizekian Perspective

Authors

  • Bibin John Babujee

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i9.11173

Keywords:

Violence, Iota of Doubt, Crime, Ludovico, Humanization.

Abstract

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines violence as the “use of physical force so as to injure, abuse, damage, or destroy”. In this regard, violence is a dominating theme in the movie, A Clockwork Orange. Removing it from the equation, the movie loses its soul. The movie is too violent in its treatment and for the very reason, invited a lot of criticism and animosity from various quarters. It was highly controversial at the time of its release for its unusually explicit demonstrations of sex and violence. What exactly could be the purpose of this “ultra-violence”? Does it necessarily have a purpose and motive? A brief overview of the movie must be helpful in better understanding the various dimensions of violence in it.

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Author Biography

Bibin John Babujee

Mahatma Gandhi University

Kerala, India

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Published

28-09-2021

How to Cite

Babujee, B. J. . (2021). Demystifying Violence in Stanley Kubrick’s Movie, A Clockwork Orange: A Zizekian Perspective. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(9), 104–122. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i9.11173