Love is a disease in an alternate US
Lena's parents are dead (16)
Lena is jealous of Hana's nonchalance (32)
A herd of cows intrude the labs during Lena's evaluation, caused by the wilds (68) . She now gets to retake it
"It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure." (1) In my opinion, is the perfect way to start off a book. It gets down to the main idea of the story in a confusing, yet creative way that makes the audience want to keep reading for a while.
Lena meets the boy that broke into the lab during the evaluation (89)
"It still moves around us with invisible, sweeping tentacles, choking us." (6) This is a creative personification. This is how the entire country views love: as a deadly disease.
"She's stopped caring about school, for one thing, and has been called to the principal's office several times for talking back to the teachers. And sometimes in the middle of talking she'll stop, just shut her mouth as though she's run up against a barrier." (47) Hana is acting strange. She doesn't seem like the type of person to do these things.
"Everything about her is tight: her skin, her eyes, her lab coat." (65) This woman is making Lena even more nervous with her uninviting appearance.
"There is a large amount of spectators seated to the side of the room." (68) If I were Lena, I would feel very scared. Besides having to worry about the evaluators's opinions, I would have to worry about what the plethora of spectators would think of me.
"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 like it's over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed." (111) These words are wise.
Hana invites Lena to a dance party... it is illegal for uncureds to be out past 9:00 pm. Lena tells her that they had plans, abut Hana turns them down (154)
Lena's only dream is to be cured (159)
Lena illegally dances with Alex. (204)
Lena comes up with the idea that she could've stopped he mother's death (218)
Alex tells lena that he was never cured (231)
While Hana is at another party, a raid happens. They will eventually be caught by the police (292)
Lena shows phase 1 symptoms of deliria (327)
Alex tells lena that he might know where her mother is (457)
"Sometimes it feels like I'm two whole different people and I could rip apart at any second." (117) I think what Lena is saying is that she is torn between being the good, bland girl that everyone wants her to be, and being the creative, loving person she wants to be. She wants everyone to be happy, but at the same time, SHE wants to be happy.
"We've been hearing rumors like that about Willow for years." (122) I think that Willow is 'infected' because she is always out late with boys and is getting into a lot of trouble.
Stendeval’s support of Jack is one of the things that led to Jack’s success in fighting the Rüstov. Stendeval is the dad Jack never had. Jack’s parents had “died” a while back, and Stendeval has stepped in to guide Jack through his years in the Imagine Nation. As I read the book, End of Infinity, Stendeval has appeared as a very kind, very faithful, and a very loving person.
This book is about how Jack, the main character tries to overcome his Rüstov parasite and how the Imagine Nation has to defeat the Rüstov as a whole. .All Jack’s life, people told him what the future holds. He didn’t always like what they’ve had to say, but there have been times when he’s wondered if they were right. As the Imagine Nation’s battle with the Rüstov get’s closer and closer, he and his friends will each need their unique powers and abilities to help stop the Rüstov and win the war. As he thinks about his future- of becoming a cyborg- he knows there has to be some way to change it. With Stendeval’s support, Jack finds the spark inside of him that says, let’s make the future better.
“‘Jack,’ Stendeval said holding him tight. “Thank the stars” (96). This quote is from when Jack arrived back home after Roka saved him from being held captive. As Stendeval hugged Jack, I could tell he was relieved Jack was okay, and that he was also extremely happy. During the period when Jack returned, Chi said, “It was Stendeval who suggested that we engage [Roka’s] services to free [Jack].” Stendeval reached out to help Jack, and make sure he stayed alive, because he knew that there was a chance that Jack could save the nation.
“‘Stendeval said it’s what’s inside of me that’s going to defeat the Rüstov’” (297). Stendeval gave Jack these words of wisdom because he was very confident that if Jack used this advice, he could defeat his enemy. All throughout Jack’s journey, he thought about Stendeval and what he said. Because Stendeval was such a powerful, and wise person, Jack knew that if he listened, it would lead him to victory.
While on the ship with the Rüstov, Stendeval said, “Jack can beat Khalix…” (340). Khalix was the Rüstov parasite that lived inside Jack and tried to invade his body and take over his brain. Jack was onboard the ship with Stendeval, and after hearing these words, it gave him a boost of motivation. He knew that he would make Stendeval proud.
“Jack wiped away tears of happiness. ‘You never gave up on me. There was no way I was going to give up on you’” (528). While embracing in a long hug, Jack realizes that what has kept him going was Stendeval. As the Magus tried to engulf Stendeval’s body, Jack realized Stendeval’s impact on his life, and knew he couldn’t let him go. “‘Stendeval, no! [Jack cried] I can’t do this alone…” “Forget the future and believe in yourself [Stendeval said back]. The only future that matters is the one you decide on” (348). After hearing Stendeval say these words, Jack had a boost of adrenaline, and sprang into action, trying any way he could to retrieve Stendeval.
If Stendeval never escaped from the Magus’ hostage, Jack wouldn’t have the words of encouragement from the person he has been getting them from all along. I think in real life, if you lose something that is a routine, or happens regularly- like Stendeval’s advice to Jack- you get thrown off, and you don’t know what would happen next. If Stendeval didn’t gather the strength to escape, Jack wouldn’t be able to focus on beating the Rüstov, he would only be focusing on his loss of Stendeval.
Love is a necessary danger of life. It can scar you in ways that you may never recover from, but yet, at the same time, you will realize the deepest meanings of life, the meanings that matter the most. But, in the story Delirium by Lauren Oliver, this society clearly believes otherwise. They believe that love is a disease that must be taken care of, that humans should not have to endure all of the pain and heartache that love will damage them with.
In the beginning, Lena, the main character, will soon be taking her procedure known as the 'cure', which will make her incapable of loving for the rest of her life. The government declared love to be an illness sixty-four years ago, and scientists have since created the cure that only people eighteen years old or older can safely take without any dangerous side effects. She believes, along with the majority of the United States, that love is like a monster that moves around everyone “with invisible, sweeping tentacles [that will] choke [them]” because that was what she was raised to believe. (12) But, Lena's opinion isn't completely influenced by what the government has to say. She has seen first hand what love did to her mother, who "would rather die than live without [love]", granted that she knew the consequences of both hiding from the government as an uncured and not taking the cure in general. (30) Therefore, when Lena's father died when she was a baby, her mother slowly deteriorated with pain and despair before horrendously killing herself. And beyond that, Lena's mother isn't the only one who Lena has seen ruined by love. In fact, she has “seen countless uncureds dragged to their procedures, so racked and ravaged by [it] that they would rather tear their eyes out or impale themselves on the barbed-wire fence outside of the laboratories than be without their illness.” (44) Overall, the idea is the same: love tears people apart in agonizing ways and makes them do things that are rather pathetic, dangerous, and downright idiotic.
But, over time, it is revealed that love isn't exactly what the government has it cut out to be. Lena befriends a boy named Alex, who turns out to be an uncured, and ends up falling in love with him. It is in that moment she realizes that “taking love away [is as bad as] taking away life”, thus understanding the true meaning behind the uncureds and her mother’s rash actions. (126) Without love, people become monsters. Some are just quiet, distasteful people that listen to gossip and spread it. Others, though, hate everyone and everything their path. Lena’s younger cousin, Gracie, is six years old whom no one has ever heard spoken a word in her entire life. Everyone assumes she’s just “‘as dumb as a rock’” and give her a cold shoulder, even though there’s nothing wrong with her. (21) But, as Lena has discovered, Grace can speak perfectly well. It’s just that she simply chooses not to. Her father ran away before the government could kill him for being a sympathizer, and her mother died of a heart attack. She comes from a bad past, and whispers still fly around about her father and the ‘horrible’ things he had done. No one could blame her for wanting to keep her mouth shut from all of these heartless people. And no one can blame Lena for not wanting to become one of them anymore.
In this world, pain is inevitable. We are going to trip, fall and bleed. We are going to sink and drown. It isn't something that can be taken away without consequences. Because without pain, we wouldn't know true beauty. Love is a beautiful, special gift which we were graced with. It does not deserve to be taken away by anybody for any reason whatsoever. And if you take away love, you may take away the heavy weight of loss and grief, but all you are left with is hate. And if you’re only left with hate, then, really, what is there to live for?
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