Alex is sentenced to fourteen years in prison. In prison he becomes very religious and after only two years there, he is chosen as an ideal first candidate for a new treatment called Ludovico's Technique. This is a brain-washing method that involves showing Alex violent films after he has been injected with a substance that makes him feel extremely ill, so that the violence and the feeling of sickness become linked in his mind. After two weeks of the treatment, Alex is so thoroughly conditioned that the injection is no longer necessary: If he so much as thinks a violent thought, he becomes extremely ill. As an unforeseen side effect, hearing classical music provokes in Alex the same response, as does violence because classical music is on the soundtrack of many of the films he was shown. After his treatment, he is released, and considered thoroughly harmless. The government boasts of Alex's treatment as a great victory for law and order and plans to implement it on a wide scale.
When Alex is released, he has no idea what to do. The people he wronged in the past take their revenge on him; now they can hit him, and he is unable to hit back. Dim, his old friend, and B