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Themes

If we told you the world was flat, you wouldn't believe us. Why not? It's not like you've circumnavigated the globe and witnessed the roundness of our planet for yourself. No, you learned this fact from people or institutions you trust: teachers, textbooks, the National Geographic Channel. But what if all of these things and people were working together to deceive you? In Delirium, the U.S. Government controls the news we see, the books we read, the shows we watch, even the music we listen to. And Lena has no reason not to believe in these sources. No wonder she finds it so easy to lie; she's lived in a world of lies her whole life.

Questions About Lies and Deceit

  1. In what ways has the government (in Delirium) deceived its people?
  2. Why does Lena think so many people are going to betray her?
  3. Is Lena as good at lying as she thinks she is?
  4. Does Lena have a double standard when it comes to lying?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Lena prides herself on being in control of her emotions, so anything that goes against her beliefs or makes her question them, she sees as a betrayal.

Lies are part of any dystopian society's secrets to success. For example, in Delirium, people are told that the Wilds are dangerous. If they were told the truth, no one would think the love cure was a good thing.

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