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Transcript of Delirium
Grace-Lena's mute cousin who helps Lena in inconspicuous ways.
The "Mighty" 3
Dystopian teen novels often follow the same predictable patterns, so "Delirium" does have moments where we are not surprised by the outcomes, however this does not account for suspense.
Who is "Delirium" intended for?
"describes an imaginary society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible"
Generally ages 13-21 (goodreads)
Not an advanced vocabulary
More mature themes
Difficult family situation
Has to deal with social pressure
Relatable characteristics and constantly feeling like an outcast
Overpowered by a constant threat
Has to decide the difference between right or wrong
DELIRIUM is an eye grabbing novel regarding Lena, a seventeen year old who lives in a society in which love has been declared a disease.
Futuristic version Portland, Maine: gray, bleak,full of structured buildings
64 years since love has been cured
"The Book of S.H.H.H."
Acts as a bible
As Lena dives into the world of the "cured" and is about to undergo her own procedure to eliminate any "deliria nerviosa", she meets Alex, a boy that despite he is cured, behaves "flirtatiously" with Lena and changes her life.
Lena uncovers secrets and lies as she chooses between what she has known her whole life and a whole new future with the chivalrous and deep Alex and her rebellious best friend Hana.
Lena vs. Lena
Is a set of rules
Governs the people
Scares the society and gains propaganda
Scar left from injection behind the ear
border separating Invalids
East End Beach
Lena vs. Hana
Totalitarian government vs. People
Totalitarian government vs. Invalids
Lena vs. Past
Lena vs. Alex
Lena vs. Family
Broadens the reader's perspective and places them in a society to which they must escape the ethnocentric state of mind that they subconsciously display and understand how the citizens are okay with their society. It also makes us think about what we would do.
Throughout the novel, there was not a higher vocabulary seen throughout the literature, which was disappointing considering it scored a 930 on the Lexile scale. Instead we see a constant use of common words.
Low number of characters, whether major or minor, made the story almost too easy to understand. There were certain situations, such as school friends that were discussed or other Invalids that Alex was associated with. We could get a deeper sense of characterization based upon the interactions and could also understand how they would have furthered the plot in a more integrated sense.
Lena developed into very relatable character. She becomes able to stand up for what she believes in, even if she is alone and it goes against everything she knows, something very adaptable to today's norms and restrictions. Lauren Oliver has adapted modern teen's issues and transferred it into a more advanced era.
Demonstrates the effect of nature vs. nurture when put in a position of societal expectations against human instincts accurately displays possible responses to such situations.
Pros and Cons
Modern day expectations
Suited towards teenage girls
Published: January 2011
Megan Ruff ~ Lauryn Brown
Overall, the book was great and pulled me into the storyline so much that I became obsessed even after reading the book (in the time span of less than a week, I completed the entire "Delirium" series). definitely not boring and pulls you in with the cliffhangers (even though they frustrated you!). I also got involved with the complex themes and the mysteries, even though they were messy.This was very applicable to my other courses as well as modern day.This may seem like the stereotypical Dystopian teen novel, but it has certain characteristics that sets it apart.Plus, if you are not into the romance genre, this book does not let the theme of love overpower the stronger message being conveyed.
Citation:Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. New York: Harper, 2011. Print.
"Delirium" continues with a singular perspective and offers no bias to how the main character feels. This made the book more enjoyable to see change from her perspective before to after.
There were too many things unsolved at once that got confusing and lasted the entire book while the content that held the answer was too brief to enjoy. Some mysteries remained unsolved and are completed throughout the trilogy.
Fate vs. Free Will
Inclusively, I enjoyed the book so much! The front cover is what drew me in to the novel. The intensity and scenery in her eyes is fantastic. I also enjoyed how relatable Lena was, I felt like our personalities correlated. I like how I can relate to other classes, like in sociology we are learning about social class and how our rankings affect how society views one another. There's not an extensive amount of romance in the book because it would've bored me, I like many other genres. Lauren Oliver incorporated life lessons that made the character experienced and knowledgeable.
“Find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.”
“I guess that’s just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up.”
“Everything looks beautiful. The Book of Shhh says that deliria alters your perception, disables your ability to reason clearly, impairs you from making sound judgments. But it does not tell you this: that love will turn the whole world into something greater than itself.”
“I'd rather die on my own terms than live on theirs."
“I've been so used to thinking of what the borders are keeping out that I haven't considered that they're also penning us in.”
“You have to go forward: It's the only way. You have to go forward no matter what happens. This is the universal law.”
"I'm only seventeen years old, and I already know something she doesn't know: I know that life isn't life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point - the only point - is to find the things that matter, and to hold onto them, and fight for them, and refuse to let go" (pg. 383).
"You can't be happy unless you're unhappy sometimes, right?
~ Delirium, page 23
“I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn't the most dangerous thing, he'd said. Indifference is.”
“You have to learn that people are always listening.”
“It will kill me, it will kill me, it will kill me. And I don't care.”
"Most things, even the greatest movements on earth, have their beginning in something small." (9.169)
"'I just want to be happy. I just want to be normal, like everybody else.
'Are you sure that being like everybody else will make you happy?'”
“For the first time in my life I've done something for me and by choice and not because somebody told me it was good or bad.”
"I'm glad the choice is made for us. I'm glad I don't have to choose-but more than that, I'm glad I don't have to make someone else choose me.”
Lena-narrator of novel, strong and artsy
Alex-guard of Portland, Maine, an Invalid, love interest of Lena
Hana-best friend of Lena, outgoing
“Are you sure that being like everybody else will make you happy?”
“Love, the deadliest of all deadly things.”
“It's amazing how words can do that, just shred your insides apart.”
“Even as each minute seems to take an hour, each hour seems to fly by in a minute.”
(We do not own these songs)
"But this isn't like anything I've ever seen, or imagined, or even dreamed: this is like music or dancing but better than both.”