Shutter Island Character Analysis

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TEXTS and WRITERS/DIRECTORS
(preliminary): 1. Shutter Island- Martin Scorseses
2. Split- M.Night Shyamalan
3. The Secret Window -David Koepp
4. Identity- James Mangold
EXPLAIN YOUR INITIAL REASONS FOR SELECTING THESE TEXTS I have chosen these texts because they all relate around the theme mental health. They all have characters that struggle to grasp what's real and what's not. All the characters suffer from split personality in my text.
NOTES ON TEXT ONE
• It’s hard to know what’s real for Teddy.
• The lighthouse is a mystery to Teddy and it is very intriguing so he wants to see the inside.
• When the nurse mentions to Teddy that Rachel didn’t like the food it may have been an indirect message to Dr Cawley from the nurse.
• When
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All the characters have a split personality some due to traumatic events that have happened in their lives. This is also the case with the audience they don't know what's happening and what's not.
• All the films show flashbacks of the traumatic experience that happened in their lives.
• In The Secret Window, Split and Identity all the characters suffer from dissociative identity disorder.
NOTES ON TEXT THREE
• Successful writer who gets writer’s block due to his divorce with his ex-wife.
• Stranger named John Shooter shows up on Mort’s doorstep claiming that he has stolen his story.
• Mort sees Shooter but no one else has seen him.
• Shooter tells Mort to ‘fix’ the ending of the story to his ending that he gave Mort.
• Mort is going through a divorce which is showing his psychotic side
• John Shooter is actually a personality of a schizophrenic Mort.
• Kills his dog and two others but doesn’t realise that he is the one committing the murders.
• Shooter soon becomes the dominate personality when he starts to realise that Shooter couldn’t be in some of the same places as him straight away like he said he was.
• Mort puts on Shooter’s hat and then he starts talking to himself.
• Mort made Shooter up one day when he was shopping with his
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• Malcom has been charged for several vicious murders and he is awaiting execution.
• Malcom's psychiatrist Dr Malick argues that Malcom legally insane.
• While the trial is happening 10 strangers find themselves stranded at a remote Nevada hotel due to there being a torrential rainstorm.


CONNECTIONS TO OTHER TEXTS
• Shutter Island and Identity both have similar ideas of removing the other personalities out of the minds to cure them. Dr Cawley went along with Teddy and his role play to help him slowly realise that he was Andrew Laeddis. And Dr Malick was letting Malcom slowly kill each personality off to only leave him with one.
• In all four films murders are committed.
• Split and Identity both have more than 2 split personalities.
• Struggling to cope with what's real and what's not. All the characters have a split personality some due to traumatic events that have happened in their lives. This is also the case with the audience they don't know what's happening and what's not.
• All the films show flashbacks of the traumatic experience that happened in their lives.
• In The Secret Window, Split and Identity all the characters suffer from dissociative identity

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