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  1. Introduction.
  2. A dialogue between Socrates and a select few of his followers.
  3. A great image of the setting's society.
  4. Socrates's point of equality amongst the sexes.
  5. The structure of society in 'A Clockwork Orange'.
  6. The most significant part of the novel A Clockwork Orange.
  7. Comparing Plato's ideal society in 'Republic' to the backwards civilization Anthony Burgess wrote about.
  8. Conclusion.

While looking at the structure of a society, one can determine whether or not a civilization is being run in a sensible fashion. By observing the class structure, roles of the different sexes, the manner in which the younger generation is being brought up, and the freedoms or restrictions being placed on a society, it will soon become apparent how justly the structure of the society is operating. When comparing Plato's ideal, almost utopian society discussed in his work Republic, to the dark, and rather backwards civilization Anthony Burgess wrote about in his classic novel A Clockwork Orange, it becomes apparent which civilization operates in a justly manner and which one in an extremely unduly fashion.

[...] When discussing the structure of society in the novel A Clockwork Orange, it is apparent early on that the roles of sexes are by no means similar in this dark, mid-20th century setting. After just a few pages it becomes rather clear that the females discussed in the story fill an insignificant niche in the community. It seems as though the only role of a young woman is to simply be a piece of eye candy for the disillusioned male youth to fantasize about and essentially perform dirty sexual acts upon them, mostly in the form of rape. [...]

[...] As Socrates and his followers discuss the necessary steps to achieving an and just city, the topic of roles of the sexes seems to be given a lot of attention to by the scholar. This important issue is discussed in great lengths after Socrates was accused by his followers for purposely skipping the entire topic of a woman's role in their ideal city. After much banter, back and forth, Socrates, with the help of Glaucon and Adiemantus, comes to the final conclusion that ?both woman and man have the same nature for guarding our city, except the woman's is weaker? (pg.120). [...]

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