Shutter Island: is the cigarette real?
Don’t know if this has ever been discuss but this is my take about the ‘cave woman’ the sequence of events that leads teddy to the cave woman (almost) couldn’t be an illusion.
After teddy tried to reach the lighthouse and fail, he returned to the place he and chuck seperated and finds a cigarette burning on the edge of the rocks. if this cigarette is an illusion (let’s say that teddy got there and by not seeing chuck, his mind trick him, like in a dream and sugested him that a cigarete was there so chuck musted fell down the clif), than is plausible that all sequence is an illusion but for that he had to know that a cave was there (otherwise the meeting would’ve had to happen on the rocks) but how could he?
Next, for him to go down the clif they had to rely on him to see an illusion of a body down there. this is very important and i don’t think they were around the corner just crossing their fingers hopping we would see something that made him go down there, like a bodyshape “that would be perfect! we can only hope…”. so the illusion must be real. even when he’s down there we can clearly see a pretty accurate draw of a body on the rocks.
And from here, he can see a cave with a burning fire where is gonna find the woman.
It seem that everything was to lead him to a place where he could see the cave (that he had no knowledge of it)
so if it’s all staged the cave woman it’s part of the plan and it’s real… right?