Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Shutter Island


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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Shutter Island
It’s better to die a good man, than live as a monster. (Scorsese, 2010)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been depicted in many films, from Deerhunter (1978) to Brothers (2009). Many of these films focus on the effects of war on people’s lives. The most exciting film to recently address the condition is Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island (2010). Shutter Island, adapted from Dennis Lehane’s novel, depicts the story of Teddy Daniels (Leonardo diCaprio), a U.S. Marshall, who is requested at a psychiatric institution on an isolated island, Ashecliffe, to investigate the disappearance of a dangerous psychiatric inmate. Teddy’s objective becomes more and more complex as the film...
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.....iffe. Despite Dr. Cawley’s success in pulling Teddy out of his fantasy world with a complicated role play, Teddy makes the ultimate decision. Unable to live with what he has done, he concedes to a lobotomy, for he believes that “it’s better to die a good man than live as a monster.”
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