Multiple Identities and Trauma Discourse in "Shutter Island" Movie


  • Anggi Listiawati



movie, multiple identities, shutter Island, trauma discourse


This study aims to describe multiple identities and trauma discourse in Shutter Island movies. To get answers to the research questions, this study uses two theories. First is the theory of multiple identities by Caldas-Coulthard and Ladema (2008). Secondly theories of trauma discourse by Indradjaja and Zaumzeil (2014). This research uses the qualitative descriptive method. The source of data in this study was collected from the Shutter Island movie and audio and visual to support primary data. Procedures of this study collected data by downloading, watching, screenshooting, taking notes, selecting, and coding. Techniques of analyzing data by presenting, describing, interpreting, and concluding. The results show that the aspects of multiple identities and trauma discourse dominate each other because when the main character performs multiple identities then he will always experience strange dreams and hallucinations related to his past trauma and otherwise the main character performs multiple identities due to trauma. Second, the researcher found a relation between multiple identities and trauma discourse is something that affects each other because in each condition the main character performs multiple identities, and the trauma aspect will always appear and affect the main character's mental state, and otherwise the trauma aspect that makes the main character perform multiple identities.


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How to Cite

Listiawati, Anggi. 2023. “Multiple Identities and Trauma Discourse in "Shutter Island&Quot; Movie”. ELITE: Journal of English Language and Literature 8 (2):175-88.



Vol. 8 No. 2 December 2023