Examples of Jung’s Analytical Archetype Theory in the Film Shutter Island

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The movie portrays many different examples of critical theory. Having watched the movie before my analysis, when I heard of Jung’s Analytical Archetype theory I linked it with this movie almost immediately. Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, developed the idea that all archetypes are universal images that come from the collective unconscious and are almost instinctive to us all. Jung’s critical theory examines the unique personal collective unconscious of the characters in the film. These can vary anywhere from forgotten memories to traumas, keeping all religious, spiritual, and mythological symbols and experiences intact. It is from this point of view that it becomes easier to explain all the similarities between stories. There are three factors when you look at archetypes, which are characters, situations, and symbols.

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Shutter Island is set in the 50’s and Edward Daniels, Teddy, is the protagonist we first encounter in the beginning of the movie. He’s portrayed as a US Marshall who’s sent to “Shutter Island” where there’s a psychiatric facility, Ashecliffe Hospital to investigate the disappearance of a female patient with his new partner Chuck Aule. Teddy tells Chuck that he wanted to get this case because the man who killed his wife in a fire, Andrew Laeddis, was also on the island and went missing months ago. As they continue their…

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