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Delirium: Literary Analysis

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Julia Lanfersieck

on 14 October 2014

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Transcript of Delirium: Literary Analysis




Dystopian/ Romance
Plot Overview & Exposition
The Fence


37 Brooks



Lena's Mother

Internal Conflicts:

Low self esteem

She loves Alex

Stay or Go?

External Conflicts:

Love is a disease

Alex loves her

Hana disagrees with the government

Book By Lauren Oliver

Presentation By Julia Lanfersieck

Delirium: Literary Analysis
Character Analysis

Magdalena Haloway

(Goes by Lena Tiddle)

Personality Traits:



Teen Girls (12-18)

Sci-fi Fantasy


YES to guys,

*-don't mind a girl main character-*


Pandemonium (2ND Book in Trilogy)

Requiem (3RD Book in Trilogy)

Before I Fall (Author's Bestseller)
Heroic Traits & Actions
Hero Thesis:

Lena is a hero because she faced her fears, risked her life, and escaped the city limits to be free from the laws and rules that the government held in place.
(hero to self)


Escaped Portland

Faced her fears

The Deadliest of all deadly things:
It kills you both when when you have it and when you don't.
~ Lauren Oliver

Main Conflict:
Main Characters:
Portland, Maine
Inside The Fence
Disconnected from the outside world
Love is considered a disease.
Lena is infected.
Lena (18)
Alex (19)
Hana (18)
Aunt Carol
Works Cited
Oliver, Lauren.
. New York: Harper, 2011. Print.


Photo Credits:
(Delirium Book Cover)

Love is here; for better or for worse.

“I’m not ugly, but I’m not pretty, either. Everything is in-between. I have eyes that aren’t green or brown, but a muddle, I’m not thin, but I’m not fat, either. The only thing you could definitely say about me is this: I’m short” (15).
“She’s absolutely gorgeous-even when she just twists her blond hair into a messy knot on the top of her head, she looks as though she’s just had it styled” (15).

“... the other word that followed me for years after my mom’s death, a snakelike hiss, undulating, leaving its trail of poison: Suicide” (10).
“One thing is certain: I won’t have that procedure tomorrow. I’d rather die” (422).
“Gracie is strong, I realize, perhaps stronger than any of us … She’ll be more than okay” (427).

"I'd thought that nothing and nobody was free in Portland, but I was wrong. There were always the birds”
“Now I get it: The cows are dressed up as us, the people being evaluated. Like we’re all a bunch of herded animals” (37).

“Instantly a feeling of total happiness bubbles up inside of me: the solid feeling of ground underneath me, the simplicity of the movement, rocketing of my heels, pushing forward in time and space, total freedom and release” (54).
“His mouth forms one last word … Run… I run for I don’t know how long. Hours, maybe, or days. Alex told me to run. And so I run” (440).
“Somehow, despite my racing thoughts and the room continues its frantic spinning, I’ve managed to clean all the dishes. I’ve also come to a decision. I have to go. I have to warn her. I have to worn all of them” (205).
“You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think” (440-441).
“I’d rather die on my own terms than live on theirs. I’d rather die loving Alex than live without him” (425).
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