In the novel, the Ludovico technique is explored in detail. Every step of the process is narrated by Alex as he provides insight through inner monologue. Alex adamantly tells a ‘white coat veck [man]:
“‘I want to look at the screen. I’ve been brought here to viddy [see] films and viddy [see] films I shall’”.
This enthusiasm begins to fall away as Alex narrates the procedure:
“And then I had like a cap stuck on my gulliver [head] and I could viddy [see] all wires running away from it, and they stuck a like suction pad on my belly and one on the old tick-tocker, and I could just about viddy [see] wires running away from those”.
The Ludovico technique begins shortly thereafter and Alex provides light-hearted commentary on the opening film:
“It was a very good like professional piece of sinny, and there were none of these flickers and blobs you get, say, when you viddy one of these dirty films in somebody’s house in a back street”.
The novel covers a wider range of “movies” than the film. Alex is oblivious to how the Ludovico technique will change his consciousness and body will undergo. His perception is then filled with “horrorshow” images and the drug begins to take effect. Alex’s consciousness takes a turn when he acknowledges the following:
“I do not wish to describe, brothers, what other horrible veshches [things] I was like forced to viddy [see] that afternoon”.
This comes from a young man who is desensitized to acts of violence and sex. At this point in the novel it becomes clear that the Ludovico technique has warped Alex’s consciousness. Alex’s and his thought process of “ultra-violence” become suppressed.