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Shatter Me research Project

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Sarah Lackey

on 14 May 2014

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The author, Tahereh Mafi, uses actions to indirectly characterize Juliette as a timid person: "I crumble to the floor, folding into myself like a flimsy crepe" (80). This evidence shows how Juliette acts as a result of the inhumane treatment she receives from "The Reestablishment."
The author, Tahereh Mafi, uses diction to express the conflicted tone: "never, maybe, cannot, regret, begging, don't, retreat" (37) These words shows how Juliette is confused and fearful because of the inhumane treatment from "The Reestablishment".
The author, Tahereh Mafi, shows symbolism in the novel
Shatter Me
through a dream that Juliette has about a white bird with gold streaks that gives her hope to one day "fly away": "The world suddenly means something to me, the possibility of humanity means something to me, the entire universe stops in place and spins in the other direction and I'm the bird. I'm the bird and I'm flying away" (120). Adam, a boy she finds and follows the whole novel, has the tattoo of the bird she dreams of; he is her escape, her freedom. The bird symbolizes freedom and hope for her.

"Hundreds of instances of abuse, falling just short of manslaughter, are similarly documented. And reliable evidence, from hospital after hospital, indicates that these are but a tiny fraction of the beatings that occur, day after day, only to be covered up by a tacit conspiracy of mutually protective silence and a code that ostracizes employees who sing too loud" (Maisel). This evidence shows the inhumane treatment given to the mentally ill.
Through the research and literary angles the author of
Shatter Me
, Tahereh Mafi, uses shows that how people treat other affects how they think and act. People should be more aware of how they can affect people's lives.
Shatter Me
and Institutionalized Mental Health

by Sarah Lackey
How you treat someone can change how they are, even change their character and morals. In the novel,
Shatter Me
, Tahereh Mafi uses literary angles and research to show how people treat others affects how they act and think.
The author, Mafi, uses dialogue to indirectly characterize Juliette as a timid person. "'But I won't live a normal life.' I swallow a hiccup. 'Not ever-I'll n-never'" (173). This evidence shows how the bad treatment from "The Reestablishment" is to make her say this.
The author, Mafi uses 1st person point of view to indirectly characterize Juliette as a timid person: "I'm afraid to consider the answers to my own questions and in a panicked moment I fear..." (256). This evidence shows how "The Reestablishment" has put fear into her by the way they treat her.
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The author, Mafi, uses imagery to show the conflicted tone: "His shoulders are so close too close never close enough" (37). This evidence shows how the treatment of her causes her to question what she thinks and wants.
The author, Mafi, uses details to express the conflicted tone: "I'm nodding and I don't know why. I wonder if I'm trembling on the outside as much as I am on the inside" (202). This evidence shows that Juliette can't control the way she acts because of the terrible treatment from "The Reestablishment".
Research that the author, Tahereh Mafi, did about treatment of the mentally ill shows that how people treat others affects how they think and act: "Believing herself to be 'bad,' 'disgusting,' and 'worthless,' as child sexual abuse victims often do, she hurt, mutilated, and repeatedly revictimized herself" (Jennings). This evidence shows how the treatment of this girl affected her in a very bad way.
Jennings, Ann. "Anna's story: The effects of sexual abuse, the system's failure to respond and the emergence of a new, trauma-based paradigm." National Empowerment Center. National Empowerment Center Inc, Web. 9 May 2014. <http://www.power2u.org/articles/trauma/annas_story.html>.
Maisel, Albert Q. "MOST U.S. MENTAL HOSPITALS ARE A SHAME AND A DISGRACE." PBS. PBS, Web. 5 May 2014. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/lobotomist-bedlam-1946/>.
Brown, Annie. "Patients hidden away for years at Lennox Castle mental hospital turn to art to heal wounds." Daily Record. Daily Record, 15 Apr. 2013. Web. 9 May 2014. <http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/real-life/patients-hidden-away-years-lennox-1832649>.
"Thus thousands who might be restored to society linger in man-made hells for a release that comes more quickly only because death comes faster to he abused, the beaten, the drugged, the starved, and the neglected" (Maisel). This evidence shows that these patients can be released, but the mental institution wants to keep them locked up.
"The vast majority of our state institutions are dreary, dilapidated excuses for hospitals, costly monuments to the states' betrayal of the duty they have assumed to their most helpless wards" (Maisel). This evidence shows the poor condition and treatment of the mental institutions.
“They were starved, drugged, physically and emotionally abused and robbed of their humanity” (Brown). This shows the horrible treatment the mentally ill used to endure.
“Lennox Castle was a community but not as we understand community. This community was built on power and control, adversity and strength, weakness and loss of self” (Brown). This evidence shows the twisted way that the mental institutions used to work.
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