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Delirium, the book about love and death, pain and sacrifice, Invalids and Sympathizers, shows the importance of the value of freedom.
Love: when Lena and Alex fall for each other and want to spend the rest of their life in each other’s arms.
Death: when Lena’s mother commits suicide, unable to deal with the prospect of no love forever.
Freedom: When Alex and Lena go over the fence to the Wilds for a day, without the city constantly watching their movements
Pain: when Lena struggles to get over her mother’s death, to stay alive, to stay with Alex, to get over the fence.
Sacrifice: when Alex does everything he can to save Lena, and get her over the forbidden fence, to escort her to freedom.
Invalids: the uncured and the cured working together for a better, love-filled life, in the distant Wilds; away from the government.
Delirium mainly highlights the element of Lena: first a quiet, average girl, now a courageous, expressive, independent young woman. Lena rebels against an oppressive government to be with her true love, Alex, and frees herself from the clutches of a society that was once her own home.
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By: Anita Pothukuchi
“Delirium” by Lauren Oliver demonstrates an important idea of freedom and love.
The story takes place in the future, in a dystopian world where love has become a disease. This deadly disease known as deliria can be cured in a life-changing procedure.
The story begins with the main character, Lena. She has her procedure scheduled on September 3, on her 18th birthday. Lena never broke a rule, was always shy, and to sum it up she was very average. Until she met Alex… Lena knew that Alex was different from others.
Lena’s mom passed away infected by deliria and she committed suicide because she could not bear the life without love. Lena couldn’t wait for the cure. It was more than deliria, with the procedure she could be reborn and could have a second chance in life.
Lena’s best friend Hana was perfect. She had everything that Lena always dreamed of having in her life. Unlike Lena, Hana broke rules and was expressive, courageous, and popular.
In this novel, you will read about life with limited freedom. The invalids and sympathizers were against the cure. Rebellion of the procedure or the rules would lead the sympathizers to the Crypts.
Many uncured escaped into the Wild and became Invalids. But many were caught and were sentenced to death. The government had kept truths from them and replaced them with lies. Now Lena knew the truth.
The action packed romance novel, “Delirium” takes the readers into the storyline where you won’t be able to put down the book.
Before, Lena always wanted a cure to escape from her mother’s death, her deliria. After all, “a life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.” However, her best friend Hana thought differently. Hana believed everyone should revolt once in a while and freely choose what they wanted to do. Lena disagreed and stayed quiet, willing her Cure day to come closer. However, after she met Alex, her whole world changed. She wanted to rebel against the government, she wanted to run away with an Invalid, she wanted to sacrifice her previous life to be free from the clutches of the government because she had Deliria.
Deliria, the deadliest of all diseases, and freedom are reborn in Oliver’s dystopian book. Thrilling romance and action will enthrall readers as they travel with Alex and Lena throughout the book. Rebellion from a shy, small girl against an oppressive government expresses the freedom that people want and achieve in modern day countries.The contrast between a perfect girl, her best friend Hana, and a normal girl (Lena) is shown to highlight Lena’s change, which tells society that anyone can become better and brighter. The “normal society” that Lena believed to be perfect had always looked down on her and her family and they also kept truths from her and replaced them with the Cure. This subtly sparked Lena’s rebellion and sacrifice of her normal life to be with Alex and give in to love and to live freely. Through a combination of love, oppression, change, and rebellion, Oliver presents the idea of freedom and love in her New York Times bestseller, Delirium.
Context: Quote #2
Quote: “Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.”
Context: This quote takes place when Lena, the main character, illegally goes to the Wilds, or the place where the Invalids, who believe in love, live. Since the Invalids believe in love, they made their own home in the Wilds, and live there; instead of the city, because the city does not allow love between people at all.. Alex, the boy Lena is in love with, takes her to the wilds since he is an Invalid, but is pretending to be a cured person (which is a person who had the procedure and is cured of love) in the city where Lena lives to make a living for himself. Alex takes Lena to the Wilds, and teaches her about poetry, since that is not allowed because it is related to love. When Lena comes back from the Wilds, she realizes how much she loves Alex and wants to stay with him forever. She feels like what happens in the future and the past does not matter; the present where she is with Alex is the most important part.
Quote: “It's so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it's taking forever to come. Then it happens and it's over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed.”
Context: This quote takes place when Lena, the main character, is about to go running with her best friend Hana. The reason she started running was because when her mother committed suicide, she was overcome with sadness. When her mother’s funeral finally started, she couldn’t take it anymore and just ran and ran. She really likes to run, and do many activities, but she feels sad because she knows everything will feel different, and less emotional after the procedure to cure deliria, or the disease that is love. Lena also remembers everything about school, especially the gym, and feels disappointed because she wants it to last longer, and her friendship with Hana to last longer, but it can’t since her procedure to cure love is the same year. This quote explains that Lena has always wanted the procedure to hurry up so that she could take it and forget about the pain she has every time she thinks about her mother’s death. Now, when the procedure looms closer, all she wants to do is stay in the moments before the procedure, to remember all of the good things she has right now.
Context: Quote #1
Explanation of Quotes
Quote #1: “It's so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it's taking forever to come. Then it happens and it's over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed.”
Explanation: This quote is important to the book Delirium because
Quote #2: “Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.”
Explanation: This quote is important to the book Delirium because
1. What important idea does the book Delirium illustrate?
2. When does the story of Delirium take place?
3. When does Lena have her procedure?
4. How did Lena's mother pass away and why?
5. What are two important elements of the book Delirium?
6. Where does quote #1 happen?
7. Where does quote #2 happen?
8. Who is the boy Lena is in love with?
9. Why did Lena always want a cure for deliria?
10. Why did Lena rebel against the government?