The University of New Mexico Best Student Essays

University Honors Program

A Clockwork Orange: The Intersection Between a Dystopia and Human Nature

By Samantha Moya
An archetypal depiction of a dystopia is one dominated by bleakness and roboticism, a totalitarian government enforcing upon the people a lifestyle that lulls them into a state of obedience. Anthony Burgess’ 1963 novel, A Clockwork Orange, is a nightmarish vision of future Britain, one in which behavioral modification is taken to dangerous extremes in the quest for preserving the order of a disconnected society. In many ways, A Clockwork Orange differs from the standard prototype of the dystopian sub-genre.

Dignity Will Be the Death of Me

By Kelsey Seeger
Dignity suffers innumerable assaults everyday. And I know that you, my dignity- conscious reader, understand that any attempt to maintain your dignity usually results in its loss.