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  1. Introduction
  2. Journal Entry 1
  3. Journal Entry 2: Character list
  4. Journal Entry 3: Language translation
  5. Journal Entry 4: Alex's relationship with his family
  6. Journal Entry 5: Burgess' account of prison life
  7. Journal Entry 6: The description of the actual treatment
  8. Journal Entry 7: Alex's ongoing relationship with Beethoven's music
  9. Journal Entry 8: Alex, now free, faces the harsh realities of life
  10. Conclusion

It's a 1st person narrative through Alex's eyes. The first 3-4 pages are used in describing the ?Korova Milk Bar' and its inhabitants. It sells milk laced with drugs. It appears that he is the leader in a gang. There is a brief description of the members in his gang. He seems to be the mastermind of the gang, he also have greater intelligence than the rest of the group. Particular detail is payed to their clothing style which is quite radical. No references have been made to Alex's personal details yet.

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[...] On reflection, it feels like Burgess quickly grasps for a happy ending in the last few chapters. The concept of the treatment being reversed is perhaps the most fictional part of the book. However, when first reading it, we experience a little relief that Alex has been saved. It gets a little more unrealistic when we discover that the same government that gave him the treatment then saved it. The highlight of the chapter is when Alex listens to Beethoven's 9th Symphony and relishes it. [...]

[...] This is quite a dark theme and Burgess noticeably treats it at less of a face on value and passes over it briefly. Alex's return to the cottage ?HOME' in which he committed rape in Part 1 again continues the mirroring motif which Burgess has created. This is an interesting technique that he has used and emphasizes the difference between the beginning and end of the story. Alex's suicide attempt is quite a brief section and is not dwelt upon for long. [...]

[...] When he and his gang go out on their first spree of violence you get the first signs of violence. In the scene where they beat the schoolmaster Burgess slowly builds up the moment. looked a malenky bit poogly when he viddied the four of us like that, coming up so quiet and polite and smiling, but he said: What is it?' in a very loud teacher-type goloss, as if he was trying to show us he wasn't poogly. I said: see you have books under your arm, brother. [...]

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