[quote=“Stanton, post:520, topic:1204”]Kubrick’s film is a satire and every character in the film is a caricature.
The last chapter of the book is one which was not in every edition of the book. Kubrick only knew the book without that chapter, and couldn’t believe later that Burgess really wrote such a last chapter, which is some kind of happy end in a skewed way, and of course he preferred his ending with Alex remaining violent, but now with the approval of society.
Mickey, I don’t know why you think the writer is homosexual. He was married before, and the mere existence of this body builder guy does not necessarily mean that he is his lover besides being his aid.[/quote]
Didn’t know about different editions of the book, thanks for the info. I know that it was supposed to be a satire and by employing some caricatural features in the case of the film’s characters, Kubrick contingently intended to make amends for the linguistic exuberance of the book. I’m just expressing my first and only viewing experience - I’ve seen this movie only once, perchance being excessively swayed by the book.
As for the homosexuality of that body builder, I found some strong homosexual undertones while watching the scene. Well, Kubrick might have striven to exhibit the writer’s sexual metamorphosis entailed by her spouse’s rape. Possibly recklessly, I just assumed that the body builder appears there as the exemplification of the writer’s struggle to surmount his traumatic experience through his foray into homosexuality - I suppose there is some point in exploiting that character and he isn’t one of directional furnishings. It might be that sex with a male helps him to forget his wife’s sufferings and his own psychological anguish.
As regards the happy ending, which the writer preferred, I conjecture Burgess endeavoured to signal that the streak of debauchery perpetrated by Alex was a creation of immature mind and once his putrid acts don’t slake him anymore, he comes to the conclusion that he can’t carry on being a thug forever.
Maybe it’s time for a re-watch…