An Ordinary Girl: Delirium and Female Stereotypes (Marin L. Starr L. May M.)

Lena is a self-proclaimed ordinary girl. She follows the rules, navigates through an overbearing parent figure, lack of self-esteems and fights with her best friend. It’s possible to see ourselves in her since she doesn’t need to worry about dying at any moment. Although she lives under an oppressive government, Delirium is not about a … Continue reading An Ordinary Girl: Delirium and Female Stereotypes (Marin L. Starr L. May M.)

From Passive to Less Passive: Lena’s Transformation in the Panoptic Society of Delirium (Alex L. & Emma L.)

Girlhood is often associated with passivity. The notion of girls as passive beings can lead to many issues, including oppression, conformity and in the case of Delirium, a lack of free will. This repressive state is created out of a panoptic society where surveillance is a constant factor in everyday life.The society in Olivia Butler’s … Continue reading From Passive to Less Passive: Lena’s Transformation in the Panoptic Society of Delirium (Alex L. & Emma L.)

Why #15 is the Breakthrough Chapter in Delirium (Kylie S., Sunny W., Ainslinn D.)

Delirium, by Lauren Oliver, follows the life of Lena Haloway as she prepares to be cured from Amor Deliria Nervosa, love. In the beginning of the novel, Lena is counting down the days until she is to be cured, however after meeting Alex things change. While this is not the action packed section of the … Continue reading Why #15 is the Breakthrough Chapter in Delirium (Kylie S., Sunny W., Ainslinn D.)

The Hunger Games: How Katniss Breaks the Mold of Your Typical Female Protagonist While Simultaneously Reinforcing the Constructs of Girlhood (Cass M and Danielle T)

The Hunger Games, a young adult dystopian novel, is written with an emphasis on the female protagonist, Katniss Everdeen.  The book deals with heavy tropes regarding politics, quality of life, and rebellion. On the surface, these themes may seem to out shine the sub themes of love and girlhood.  Through a deeper analysis, one can recognize … Continue reading The Hunger Games: How Katniss Breaks the Mold of Your Typical Female Protagonist While Simultaneously Reinforcing the Constructs of Girlhood (Cass M and Danielle T)

Love as Disability in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium (Laura C. and Laura N.)

In Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, love is a disease that is to be avoided at all costs, and one that everyone above the age of eighteen is cured of through surgery. Those who show signs of falling in love, or are caught with an uncured member of the opposite sex are called infected, and are stigmatized. … Continue reading Love as Disability in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium (Laura C. and Laura N.)