Study Guide

Shiver Freedom and Confinement

By Maggie Stiefvater

Freedom and Confinement

Pretty much any story set in a small town is going to be about freedom and confinement. Add into that mix teenagers and werewolves, and the desire to escape is so strong we're surprised Mercy Falls doesn't go nuclear.

This being Shiver, there's a lot of gray area, though. And not just the bleak weather and the color of the wolves' furry coats. With confinement comes comfort and safety. Freedom might be free and exciting, but it's also dangerous and difficult. Shiver might just be about trying to find the perfect balance between the two.

Questions About Freedom and Confinement

  1. Will Grace ever leave Mercy Falls as long as Sam is there?
  2. Now that Sam is no longer a werewolf, will he travel to a different city?
  3. Is Olivia more free as a wolf or as a human?
  4. Rachel doesn't know a thing about the wolves, but she also can't wait to get the heck outta Mercy Falls. Why do you think this is?

Chew on This

Shelby prefers being a wolf because of the freedom it gives her to get in touch with her primal, animal nature without being on the receiving end of judgment by humans.

Grace says she wants freedom, but she won't leave Mercy Falls as long as her wolf—Sam—is there.