Movie Analysis - Me Myself and Irene Essay

1463 Words Sep 29th, 2008 6 Pages
In the movie, “Me, Myself & Irene”, the main character, Charlie Baileygates, played by Jim Carrey, is diagnosed with a split personality, also known as dissociative identity disorder. What that means is, at some point in the movie, he develops a second personality, and that personality goes by the name of Hank. Through out the movie, viewers are able to see the symptoms of someone with DID, and see how it can affect their daily life. Usually dissociative identity disorder develops when a person is very stressed in childhood, or undergoes some type of abuse, sexual or physical. The DSM states the primary characteristic of the disorder is when there is an existence of more than one distinct identity or personality within a person. The …show more content…
Like Charlie did with everything else, he “swallowed hard, and locked the pain away in his heart forever.” In a confrontation with his neighbor, about something as simple as his paper, you can tell Charlie is having trouble. The neighbor took his paper, and then asked Charlie to just get a new one at work, Charlie tensed up some before being able to shrug it off and suck it down. Charlie’s friends even take advantage of how nice he is. They always make him the root of their jokes. When Charlie asks a barber shop owner to move his illegally parked car, the owner laughs at him and just throws him the keys to the car and tells him to move it himself. The whole town takes advantage of Charlie though, not only his friends. In the supermarket a woman asks to cut in front of him inline and then ends up having a cart full of groceries. This is Charlies breaking point. He starts tensing up, you can tell something is happening. All of a sudden he starts talking in a different voice, and finds vagaclean in the woman’s cart that cut in front of him. So to take his anger out on her he gets on the store microphone and announces she has vagaclean in her cart. We learn this new personalities name when he is drowning a young girl in the water fountain who disobeyed him earlier. When the girl says she is going to tell her father on him, he announces that he is Hank. After this change in personality he starts going
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