Shutter Island

In: Psychology

Submitted By bayouhornet
Words 1145
Pages 5
Running Head: SHUTTER ISLAND 1

Shutter Island and Delusional Disorder
Lynn Fontenot
Ilze Nix
University of Maryland University College


A behind the scenes look at the disorder that plagues the character in “Shutter Island”. To inform the audience exactly what a Delusional Disorder is and what characterizes Delusional Disorder.

“Shutter Island” is one of those films that glue you to the screen with suspense and mystery. Initially, we think we are watching a well-intentioned U.S. Marshall named Teddy enter an insane asylum hoping to uncover the whereabouts of a recently-disappeared patient. Later, we begin to doubt our initial idea of a simple missing person case. Now we think we are witnessing a brave, intelligent and dedicated U.S. Marshall searching for damning evidence that will expose Shutter Island as an expensive, cutting-edge torture chamber. Only during the final act do we realize that the narrative is really about tragic psychosis and elaborate role play.
Teddy displays features of both Grandiose and Persecutory Delusional Disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association's (2000) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, this mixed…...