So my initial reaction to the poem “A Smile”, is that it is a very painfully boring poem and makes me want to die. First of all, when I first read it, it was so boring and very confusing. I had no idea what I was reading, but after reading it a couple of times I started to understand that I was never gonna understand this poem and reading it over and over again will not help me, so I might as well just curl up in a ball and rethink my whole existence or why I even do school. Also every single person I talked to about this poem before class on Tuesday had no idea what it was about, not even the smartest people in the class knew what it was about. So that basically sums up how I feel about the poem. The first question I have about the poem is just why. Why does it have to be so confusing, why cant it just be easy to read instead of making me go through an existential crisis after reading it? My next question is for McGarry, and that is do you enjoy making our lives terrible? I have no idea what this poem is about, but i’m guessing its about a guy who gets attacked by a bear or something, and then something with mermaids and eagles and thunder. Honestly the allusions in this poem probably helped with the understanding, but I didn’t care enough to really go into depth with understanding the allusions, because I hate poetry. Now in order to get up to 350 words i’m gonna go back to talking about how this poem makes me feel since that’s easy to do. So lets out it this way, I’m usually a pretty happy person but once I read poetry It brings out the dark part of me and makes me want to drive a car into a day care. So lets just put all this poetry stuff behind us and go on to do more fun stuff like reading real stories, and now i’m almost at the word count so thank god and i’m tired and this isn’t a week late so just ignore that.
In a futuristic London Alex and his friends are all in the Korova bar where they all sit around and drink. But when they leave the bar they go on crime sprees in the night of London. They do many things like assault, robbery, car theft, and even rape. But the final crime out of all of these is the most brutal. Alex and his friends break into someones house and beat up the husband, and then rape the wife while the husband watches. After that Alex and the gang all go back to the Korova bar where Dim, one of the gang members, gets into a fight with Alex and then Alex punches Dim in the face. The other members of the gang don’t like this and slowly start to turn against Alex. On there next spree they break into a women’s house, but she calls the police so before Alex could escape Dim knocked him out. Alex was then apprehended by the police, where he learned that the woman he raped earlier had died. Alex gets sentenced to fourteen years in prison. He has a very hard time at first in prison, he gets beaten, and some inmates want to rape him. But after a few years it gets better because the jail chaplain becomes friends with Alex, and he teaches Alex about the Bible. Alex likes the bible because he enjoys the fights and drinking he can find in the book. Alex then kills another inmate and is selected to be in a new experimental program called the Ludovico’s Technique. It is a form of brainwashing that you inject Alex with a serum that makes him super sick, and then they make him watch violent movies so that he associates violence with being in pain. After going through 2 weeks of this treatment he is completely crime free, and is released from jail after only 2 years because he is harmless. Once the other gang members get news of Alex being released, Dim and an old enemy named Billy Bob take Alex into the middle of nowhere and beat him up. Alex then finds a house and begs for shelter, and he notices that the man is the husband of the woman he raped and killed a few years ago his name is F. Alexander. Once the man hears about what happened to Alex and ho the state brainwashed him, he tries to rise up and take down the state. They want Alex to make public appearances, but Alex does not want too, F. Alexander then recognizes the language that Alex and his friends used to speak, so he locks Alex in a room and blast classical music, which reminds Alex of violence, until Alex throws himself out of a window. Alex does not die from the fall and then because of this the public is outraged that a man could try to kill himself from a treatment, so they repeal the Ludovico’s Technique, and they restore Alex to his old self, and he starts a new gang and goes back to crime.
I think that this book was really good, I liked how it wasn’t just them doing crime all the time, there was a whole story line involving the corrupt government. I especially liked how he started the book all bad, and then he turned super innocent for at least half of it, but by the end he was the same person that he started out as. So It’s kind of like nothing really mattered to Alex, but it did matter to the corrupt government, because Alex’s actions got rid of the experiments that drove Alex to try to commit suicide.