Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Essay and project ideas

Intrigued by the world of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me? Here are some ways to explore the themes further:


  • Earlier this month we discussed George Orwell’s 1984. Read it and compare it to Shatter Me. Pick one or two elements to compare and contrast.
  • We also discussed a writing technique called stream-of-consciousness, which is used in Shatter Me, as well as a number of classic books (some are listed here). Write an essay discussing the technique’s advantages and disadvantages.
  • In Shatter Me, the Reestablishment condones book burning as a way to “cleanse” society. This has happened many times throughout history. Research the history of book burning, pick one episode and discuss the reasoning behind the burnings.
  • Adam and Warner are literary foils. Research the concept and write an essay backing up this claim. What is the purpose? Is Mafi successful in creating foils? How does it affect the reader?


  • Keep a journal in the stream-of-consciousness style or rewrite old entries in this style. Compare and contrast them. Which conveys your feelings better?
  • Make a timeline of book burnings throughout history. What do they have in common? How are they different? Are there any patterns?
  • [Spoiler ahead] Omega Point studies people with “superpowers.” There are real organizations around the world that also study people with special abilities. Do a little digging to find out about them. How far-fetched is Omega? Is it really fiction, or are there places and people with seemingly superhuman talents?
  • Taking the last project further, how could those people’s abilities be used in the real world? Would they be in danger of being exploited by governments and groups?

What other essays topics and projects can you think of for Shatter Me?


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