Delirium Short Essay - Answer Key

Lauren Oliver
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1. How is "Delirium" narrated, and what benefit or negatives does this provide readers?

"Delirium" is narrated by the main character, 17-year-old Lena. This provides readers with an inside view and understanding Lena's thoughts and emotions. However, it also limits the readers to only the information Lena knows, and they only see other characters through Lena's eyes.

2. At the beginning of "Delirium", what does Lena believe happened to her mother?

At the beginning of the story, Lena believes her mother committed suicide when Lena was younger. Lena is ashamed of this.

3. What role does love play in the society Lena lives in?

Lena's society believes love is a disease, amor deliria nervosa, that need to be cured. Love has been banned in the U.S. for 46 years when the book begins. Girls and boys are forbidden to socialize with one another before they've been 'cured' of love by a procedure the government performs when individuals turn 18.

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