Shutter Island

Connecting modern literature to Greek myths

Shutter island- Plot

The year is 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors, whose radical treatments range from illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would lead him to the solution of the case. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even himself.

Featuring Teddy Daniels as the Protagonist


- Hercules- Both Hercules and Teddy killed their family. They both are without their wife and kids throughout their adventure.

-Theseus- Teddy has to go onto the island and fight/encounter the "monster" (Dr. Cawley)

-Theseus has to fight the Minotaur.

- Polyphemus- Teddy and Chuck both investigate Shutter Island. Dr. Cawley is the leader/head of the island. After a storm, they are unable to leave the island. They try throughout the story to get off the island.

-In Polyphemus, Odysseus and his crew ventures onto an island that is guarded by Polyphemus. They are trapped on the island when Polyphemus blocks the entrance with a large stone. They devise a plan to exit the island.


Shutter Island and Greek myths have a lot in common. They both tell a lot about a character's past. Whether it was a traumatic event or happy moment.

Characters both perform heroic actions while on their quest.

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