What is the Ludovico Technique? How is it meant to work? Pay close attention to the text in your response. The prison Chaplain confirmed Alex’s idea of the Ludovico technique as a technique that is meant to be a sort of treatment that “gets you out (of prison) quickly and makes sure you that you don’t get (back) in again. ” It is said to work by showing a series of a special type of film to the ‘patient’ and injecting something that is said to be vitamins into the patients arm after every meal.
We can imply that the injections are not vitamins from the suspicious response of the doctor when Alex asks him if the shots are injections of vitamins. Alex asks “Vitamins, sir, will it be? ” and Dr. Branom responds with “Something like that. ” After being injected with the drug, the patient (Alex) became very weak and needed a wheelchair to move. This further suggests that what are being injected are not vitamins, but it is in fact some kind of drug. After Alex was shown the special films he showed drug inducing symptoms of nausea, lethargy, and weakness.
Showing graphic images of violence in the special films allowed the drugs to operate on his system. The administering of drugs and the technique of showing violence to the patient produces symptoms of nausea/vomiting. This is meant to act as an aversion of violence – the patient should no longer commit crimes of violence due to the negative associations that they will now have towards these violent actions. 2. How does Burgess problematize the purpose and implementation of the ‘technique’?
Burgess addresses how unethical the technique is through the Prison Chaplain. The prison Chaplain seems to be scared of the idea of the Ludovico technique and is strongly against it. There are doubts to how the technique will work out and the Prison Chaplain agrees that the technique is not suitable for its purpose. The Prison Chaplain implies that the technique is in a sense ‘evil’ and is not the right way in which you should condition criminals/delinquents. He says “And now, talking of praying, I realize that sadly there will be little point in praying for you.
You are passing now to a region where you will beyond the reach of the power of a prayer. ” This suggests that the technique goes beyond the limits of what is wrong, to the point where God cannot save you from it. The implementation of the technique for its purpose of ‘curing’ criminals is not a good idea according to the Prison Chaplain as it is not by any means a right kind of conditioning. Burgess also describes to us in detail of all the things that the patient has to go through, through the eyes of the patient.
He elaborates the images of the films so intricately that you can picture yourself watching the film in your mind, and this causes you to have a feeling of intense disgust and disapproval of the films. He really makes you feel what the patient in the Ludovico technique is going through and scares you quite a bit with what is done. He suggests to us that drugs, NOT vitamins are being injected into the patient, and just by this fact we can conclude that it is already unethical.
Under no circumstances should researchers/scientists be allowed to perform experiments with the use of drugs without the patients consent. Vitamins and drugs are not at all close to the same thing when it comes to symptoms and purpose. 3. Examine the arguments of the Prison Chaplain regarding his attitude to the L. T. Summarize his views on good and evil. The Prison Chaplain seems to be against the idea of the technique and has many doubts towards it “I know I shall have many sleepless nights about this”.
He implies that the technique is unethical, “Very hard ethical questions are involved,” and if anything is unethical it almost always means that it is a procedure that should not be done, it is not an approved way of dealing with things. The way he makes sure that Alex does not relate what happens to him during the process of the technique to anything that has to do with himself (the prison chaplain) suggests that he strongly does not believe in the technique and doesn’t want anything to do with it. This could mean that it is very unethical and bad things will be done to Alex in the process.
He doesn’t have, or want anything to do with the process of the technique, and hopes that Alex will somehow survive from it. “One thing I want you to understand, boy, is that this is nothing to do with me. Were it expedient, I would protest about it, but it is not expedient. ” He says “in a sense, in choosing to be deprived of the ability to make an ethical choice, you have in a sense really chosen the good. So I shall think. ” which tells us that he thinks that Alex is in some way doing good, but he also says “It may not be nice to be good.
It may be horrible to be good. He thinks that doing good does not always mean that it will end nicely. Doing something good may be viewed as what is right, but it does not mean that it is necessarily a good thing. From doing ‘good’ you may become exposed to evil. 4. How far do you agree with him? Apply this to both your knowledge of the text and any of your ideas I strongly agree with his idea of good and evil. Sometimes you have good intentions in doing the ‘good,’ but somehow evil can always become mixed up in the good in some way if it wants to.
To the Chaplain, Alex is doing ‘good. ’ He wants to try and become a better person by reforming through the process of the Ludovico technique, but as we soon find out, the technique is highly unethical and should not be performed on anyone against their will. This relates back to what the Chaplain has once said before, “It may be horrible to be good. ” In being good by reforming, he is going to become exposed to the evils of people who are going to do things against his will, and without his consent.