The Blurred Line Between Truth and Lie
Delirium by Lauren Oliver is a dark and alluring novel that wanders back and forth between the blurred lines of truth and lie. The main character--Lena, falls in love in a dystopian society where love is seen as a disease, amor deliria nervosa. “On your eighteenth birthday...you will get cured and will be happy forever...” “it is the deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t...”(pg.4) While the hallucinated world in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium seems vacuous and impractical, Xizhou is a mirror-image of the concealed brutality behind both government systems.
To understand Delirium, readers must sense the emotion of opposing to the governments, the “facts,” as young adults in Xizhou often ventures. Growing up in a broken society where love was identified as a deadly disease, Lena was mind-set by her family, her teachers and the government that the cure for love will make her happy and safe forever. As a little girl, Lena lost her mother and her father because of the disease. Therefore, she was convinced that the cure was the only way to erase her scars. “Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe”(pg.4) thought Lena with passion running through her spine. She had always believed them, always believed the government until this special day. Now, everything have changed, she met Alex, she was proven by love, the truth, she feel the sense of rebellion to the government. The one who killed her parents and the one who lied about life. Government controls which smothers lies to keep order may seem like a typical dystopian world, though numerous amount of similar scenarios are found in the reality.
Xizhou, a rural village in Yunnan province may seem like a tranquil and justice land where each morning, you wake up seeing the forceful mountains ahead and hearing the stunning lakes. The feeling of nature and smell of fresh air authorizes Xizhou to be in a marvelous condition, though life is somewhat a lie passed down by their elders, their government. Teenagers in Xizhou are taught to believe that an 20 years old is not capable of choosing his or her future. “Choosing a spouse can be the single most important decision in life. Therefore, as a parent I have to make decision for my child” said Mrs Yang an antique shop owner. However, it is all a lie. A 20 years old is a transition to handle his or her own life and the parents chooses their child’s spouse to keep their child close to them. The parent often chooses a close neighbor or friend to keep their child inside their sight. According to the local residence, 90% of the young adults today often feel a burning rage inside their lungs after they have been paired. They often cry and scream for days and night. Youngsters often know as a fact that their parent set a path of their future for selfish purposes, yet also understand that their parent is their “government” of some sort.
Despite the determined...