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English Project on SHUTTER ISLAND!!!!!


Courtney Rae

on 16 June 2011

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SHUTTER ISLAND By: Dennis Lehane Setting Plot Significant Quotes Gothic Motifs Symbols Novel’s Influences The quotation "Baby,why you all wet?" is significant to the book because it is repeated a couple of times throughout the story(88). I think it is significant because in one of Teddy's dreams he said this to his wife Dolores, but she didn't answer him back, it occurs again when Teddy goes up to the light house and he finds the doctor. The first words the doctor says to him are "Baby,why you all wet?" and when Teddy realizes the truth and he remembers that is the question he asks his wife just before he finds out that his kids are dead in the pond (88). I also think that in the beginning of the book this foreshadows his children's death.

Also I think that the quote "Who is sixty-seven?" is significant because after Teddy reads a riddle that Rachel wrote and left in her room it said who is sixty-seven, Teddy believes that it meant a sixty seventh patient at Shutter Island, and that is the biggest mystery through out the book after Rachel going missing. (163). Teddy thought that Patient sixty-seven was Andrew Laeddis (his wife murderer).
By: Courtney Rae Archetypes Themes Literary Dichotomies Author Bio Historical Issues Problems with the Text In the book Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, one of the main Literary Dichotomies is Sanity vs. Insanity. Lehane shows this through the setting by choosing to have it on an Island with a prison for the mentally insane and also because most of the novel is about examining the mental states of people. He also shows this with Teddy Daniels (the main character) throughout the novel, showing that he thinks that he is sane and that he knows who he is and what is going on. Like when the doctor says "it comes down to you, Andrew" Teddy says "My name is Teddy. Teddy Daniels" and here he thinks that this is true and the doctors are lying but really he is just in his fantasy. The quote "My name is Andrew Laeddis. I murdered my wife, Dolores, in the spring of 'fifty-two..." shows that he was insane but then he became sane and he then realizes that he, himself, was the person that he has been searching for, for what he thought was two years and that it was all just a fantasy. Lehane shows throughout each chapter sanity and insanity.
By: Courtney Rae The main Archetypes in Shutter Island are an evil character with a good heart and the outcast. Andrew is the evil character with the good heart. Andrew has done many things that are both awful and regrettable in his life. One of them being the murder of his wife and also the indirect hand he had in the death of his children. Andrew also will not accept the truth after being taken to Shutter Island and instead, injured many people with the acting out of his fantasy. Doctor Cawley once again shows Andrew the truth after letting him play out his fantasy in full, trying to give Andrew a last chance before he is given a lobotomy. Andrew realizes that Cawley truly cares about him, but also realizes that he cannot live with the knowledge of what he did a stop himself from regressing too.
By: Victoria Krayden One of the largest gothic motifs in Shutter Island is Madness. Countless characters throughout the novel either are insane or are led to question their sanity. Shutter Island is proof in itself. It is an insane asylum! The entire plot of Shutter Island revolves around “Teddy” who turns out to be insane himself. The book’s quest seems to utilize this gothic motif well as it searches to realize what it truly means to be sane.
Another part of Shutter Island that looks into madness is in the recollections of “Teddy’s” time during the Second World War, and how it too drove people insane. Many mentions are made of hands turning into things, and also of Schizophrenic patients ripping their faces off after they believed they saw their hands do this. The treatment of the “insane” is also a major part of Shutter Island. Whether it is right to use surgery, or to even use drugs is questioned, as well as the question of even the possibility of a “cure”. Shutter Island questions whether it would really be better to get rid of the insane rather than keep them alive, dangerous, and suffering. At the ending of Shutter Island the comment “Maybe there are some things we were put on this earth not to know”(369) shows that Teddy has decided that the lobotomy is his only way to truly escape the horrible truth of what happened to his family, and forget forever.
A second gothic motif in Shutter Island is an Atmosphere of Mystery and Suspense. Many things add to this atmosphere. There is a hurricane, the island itself is secluded and the scenery almost castle-like. There is also the mystery of where “Rachel Solando” has disappeared to, and also what really goes on in the fenced off lighthouse. The suspense in Shutter Island is heightened as “Teddy’s” partner disappears, and “Teddy’s” sanity is called in to question. The suspense only thickens when “Teddy” tries to escape Shutter Island, and finds much more than he expected. The hurricane greatly adds to the Atmosphere as the storm’s forerunning weather casts the island in a dark shade. The Hurricane itself seems to mirror the atmosphere itself as the plot spirals into chaos. The ending still has a gothic atmosphere to it because it is known that “Teddy” is going to get a lobotomy and that he pretends that he has regressed even though he knows he will lose his personality and memory forever. When “Rachel Solando” disappears, there is not only the mystery of where she went, but of how on earth she got there. “Teddy” eventually realizes that to escape, “Solando” would have to have been seen by multiple people. It is even more suspenseful when “Rachel” reappears spontaneously, with no explanation as to where she has been.
By: Victoria Krayden One of the most notable symbols in Shutter Island is the hurricane. The hurricane comes in the book around the middle of the plot line. The hurricane symbolizes the beginning of the rising action, but also the emotional and psychological “no turning back” point. It is at the time of the hurricane, and directly after it, that the plot seems to spin out of control, just as if it had been the victim of the hurricane as well. It is during the hurricane that “Teddy” first truly explains that his underlying motives are to kill his wife’s killer, Laeddis.
Another symbol in Shutter Island is water. There are many mentions of water in Shutter Island. Water is the Ocean surrounding the island, which “Teddy” felt nauseous at the sight of. Water is what comes out of Dolores’ stomach in “Teddy’s” dream, and water is what his children were drowned in. Water, as in the case of Dolores, can represent blood, and perhaps hinting at “Teddy’s” surprise at how fast the blood poured out, merging with the water covering her body. Shutter Island is surrounded by water; this is a symbol of “Teddy’s” mental entrapment, as he is in a bubble protected from the waves of truth. The hurricane brought the water to Shutter Island and in the process brought the truth crashing in as well.
By: Victoria Krayden The plot of Shutter Island is based upon the actual history of psychiatry and psychosurgery in some US hospitals around the 1950s. One of the most infamous people in the practice of lobotomies is Dr. Freeman. His practice was doing trans-orbital lobotomies using an ice pick through the patient's eye socket. It was deemed inhumane and has largely ended in practice due to the fact that it was never proven to be accurate or to be a curative at all. Another notable novel in which lobotomies are mentioned is in The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in which the escaped convict was the recipient of one. He was described as childlike, slow, confused, and clumsy. Dennis Lehane, the author of Shutter Island, before becoming a full-time writer, worked as a counsellor with mentally handicapped children possibly giving him insight and inspiration when writing about the world of the insane.
By: Victoria Krayden When I had read the book Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, I found three problems with the text. The first problem I found was that it took about half of the book for something interesting to actually happen. The first half of the book was all about Teddy ‘s life and just trying to figure out what happened to Rachel. Then the second half of the book is when things started to go bad because the hurricane came and brought down all communications. Another problem I encountered while reading this book was that there were dreams, real life and flashbacks. It was a problem because you will be reading a present day scene and the next thing you know it went into a dream or flashback. Or another thing is that the dreams would mix in with the flashbacks. The last problem I encountered in the story was that it went into, too much sexual detail and Lehane had scenes in the novel that really did not need to be in the book. Other than that the novel was easy to read and he could have done without all the swearing though but it was still really easy to understand.
By: Courtney Rae Two U.S. marshals named Teddy Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule travel to Shutter Island, the home of the Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane to solve a specious disappearance. The date is 1954 and a murderess named Rachel Solando has disappeared and is running wild on the desolate island. As if things seemed like they couldn’t get any worse for the currently troubled pair, a reckless hurricane scrambles through the island, exploiting suspicions of experimentation and government conspiracy, contributing to an already abnormal case. Struggling with personal issues as well as solving the disappearance of Rachel Solando, Teddy runs into some confusion and madness. He soon realizes that nothing on Shutter Island is what it appears to be.
By: Skye P Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane takes place in 1954 over a three day period, at Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane which is located on Shutter Island, a dark and stormy island strewn with garbage and camouflaged with trees and foliage. The narrator says “The beach looked to have been lashed by the sea in recent nights…top of the rise” (26). The air smells salty and the skies are dark and stormy. The narrator says “Teddy could feel only the constant sweep of ocean breeze, a warning from the sea that it could pounce at will, suck you down to its floor”(26). The atmosphere is filled with sweat and fear. Silent screams from the water fill the misty air suffocating all in its path. Overall, it is dark, stormy and the fear is so think in the air that you can feel it.
By: Skye P There are many themes in Shutter Island but the two main ones are Order vs. Chaos and Illusion vs. Reality
I chose Order vs. Chaos because in the novel, a wicked storm hits the island knocking out all the power, and the power is what controls the electric gates and the doors on the cells. So at the beginning of the book, all is calm and everybody is where they should be but, when the storm hits, it opens the electric gates and the cell doors, letting out all the dangerous patients creating chaos. Cawley says “Patients who have been deemed a danger to themselves, this institution, and to the general public at large” (161). What he’s saying is that all the patients are out wandering the island, even the most dangerous ones.
Next, I chose Illusion vs. Reality. I chose this because throughout the whole book Teddy believes that he’s Teddy, he believes that he is a U.S. Marshal, when really his name is Andrew and he’s been a patient at Ashcliffe for about two years. Teddy says “My name is Edward Daniels” and Cawley replies “No. Your name is Andrew Laeddis. You did a terrible thing, and you can’t forgive yourself, no matter what, so you play act” (330). So what this conversation is saying is that teddy is actually Andrew and he created a fantasy because of what he did and because he can’t forgive himself. This is a prime example of Illusion vs. Reality. He thinks he’s Teddy when he’s really not.
By: Skye P Dennis Lehane was born on August 4th 1965 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. As a child, Dennis was a avid reader and by the time he was eight, he was attracted to writing, and by the time he was 17, he chose to create many short stories. Dennis attended Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts but, dropped out of both.
By 1985, Dennis had moved to Florida to study writing at Eckhard Collage. While a student, he took a job as a counsellor at a state facility for children that were emotionally disturbed, developmentally delayed and mentally handicapped. In 1988, Dennis graduated with a degree in English and in 1991, he entered Florida’s international University’s creative writing M.F.A program. In 1993, he graduates and returned to Boston and became a limo driver at a hotel which gave him lots of time to work on his writing.
It was 1994 when he published his first book called A Drink Before the War. He won several awards for Mystic River. Like the Anthony award and the Daily award.
In 2003 he wrote Shutter Island.
By: Skye P The novel Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, is still pretty new so it hasn’t really influenced a lot of things yet. But some influences that it has had, is to have a surprise ending at the end of a book or movie so it keeps you more interested. It has also influences Directors and screen writers. It has influenced them by them actually making a movie called Shutter Island based on the book another influence could be the use of insanity. Like a new movie is coming out and it is called Cell 213 and in the movie cell 213 is a cell in prison and anyone who goes into that cell does not come out the same as they went in.
By: Courtney Rae
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