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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2022.20.8.NQ44743

Psychoanalytic Alteration of Truth and Interpretation of Reality in Shutter Island

Hanna Ann Mathews, Akshay Viswanath, Prakeerthi A Nair, S Shilpa Nair


Shutter Island (2010)’s script is embedded with elements of a unique dual narrative into perfection: the audience can ‘choose’ the two worlds pitted together in the script. One only needs to select two possible perspectives. Sometimes phenomenal events overpower psyche, and the individual is caught in the deluge. What makes sense amidst this turmoil is surviving the flood, as it is clear a greater peril overshadows the self’s existence. The human mind is fragile, but the breaking point varies from individual to individual. Normality is something most of humankind yearns for. Needless to say, life isn’t meant to be something normal. This is seen evident from the central protagonist’s venture in Shutter Island. The current project sheds limelight at psychoanalytical stages experienced by the character. The film’s script is intensively analysed to find all traces of conditioned reality and the reason/s behind its formation. Sigmund Freud’s findings on unconscious, based on his On Narcissism- an Introduction,is the theoretical framework followed here.


Shutter Island, reality, Andrew, Freud, sanity

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