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Ignorance is bliss Often this statement is misunderstood The wordbliss has a positive connotation In actuality sometimes you arehappier not knowing the truth than understanding reality In ShutterIsland Dennis Lehane uses irony and reflection to show readers thathappiness does not always come out of materialityIn Lehanes dense novel a US Marshal Teddy Daniels visits a smallisland off of the coast of Manhattan that houses an institution for thementally ill His task there to find a patient in a delusional statethat seems to have evaporated straight through the walls Aftersearching for very few days he is informed that Rachel has been foundhe is sent to question her only to find that she thinks hersurroundings are the same she was living in at her home in PhiladelphiaSince Rachel has been found Teddy and Chuck his partner expect ti beleaving the island The warden refuses ti let them board the ferry dueto a hurricane approaching During their spare time the pair searchfor the 67th Patient Andrew Laedis- a serial arsonist that set thefire that killed Teddys wife He stumbles upon evidence that leads himto believe that the staff is performing lobotomies on patients living inWard C While further investigating he is trapped in the lighthousewith Dr Cawley and is brought to the reality that he was living justas Rachel was At the close of the novel we learn that Teddy Daniels isreally Andrew Laedis and his wife did not die in a fire- she wasmentally insane Back few years ago while Teddy was away on businessshe drowned their three children in the pond behind their small homeTeddy arrived at home to find them floating by the bank and murderedhis wife out of agony After admitting this to Dr Cawley Teddy wakesthe next morning and says things to him that lead Dr Cawley to believethat Teddy has relapsed- and he is sent back to the lighthouse to belobotomized Teddy turns back to Dr Cawley and says
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