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There are several reasons why Trevor works as a machinist: It's the perfect job for his insomnia. According to his first conversation with Ivan, Trevor works the "first shift." Trevor: You are on the first shift? Ivan: Yeah Trevor: Me too This is later confirmed as "swing shift" at Trevor's interview with company heads after Miller's ...


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It is as simple as Ivan is Trevor's guilt, manifested into a human hallucination. He uses Ivan's supposed mysteriousness to start blaming his distractions and his recent obsession over who is out to get him when really Ivan does not exist at all. Fight Club spoilers explain this best: The picture is taken before his accident and shows how Trevor was ...


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I found this article in relation to the link between The Machinist, The Idiot and Crime and Punishment: Firstly the novel The Idiot presents a protagonist in the form of innocent Prince Lev Nikolaievich Myshkin who as a youth was prone to blackouts, his current mental condition is unclear; [...] Myshkin meets his reverse in Rogozhin, who is associated ...


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Let's not forget the symbolism behind him washing his hands with the bleach. Bleach is used to remove stains that cannot be cleaned off with regular detergent, however Trevor uses the bleach in a more metaphorical sense. He cannot get over the crime he committed as it constantly haunts him, meaning he lives his life with his hands "dirty." He constantly ...


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The bleach is for Trevor to clean his apartment with. Because he cannot sleep, I can only assume he turned his mind to something to keep him distracted; hence over-cleaning his apartment. He probably did not notice the blood as because the fish were from the trip that we can assume he was coming home from when he killed 'Nicholas'. He probably was so ...


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Yes it does. Depression is is strongly correlated with guilt and insomnia since both are indications for depression. There are actually many psychological studies which proves this, but you may read about in Huffington Post: Insomnia is often related to depression or anxiety. People with depression may have early morning awakenings and spend more time ...


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He hates his past, his guilt that he doesn't want to remember. He avoids the past version of himself, healthy, happy, and a killer. So he throws this part of his character away. This separation is too much that the thrown away past turn into a new, fictional, independent character. A pain in the ass and as disgusting as possible in Trevor's eyes (ugly ...


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I think he had awake for a year, but there's two possibilities depending on the intended realism: He had been awake for a year (artistic licence): Trevor would (roughly) know how long it'd been (perhaps estimating or rounding). Severe sleep deprivation can lead to many kinds of physical and mental problems including: paranoia, weight loss, hallucinations ...


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First of all, the final scene showing Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) driving down the road is a flashback. It is most likely something that occurred moments after the hit and run. This is evident from the fact that the windshield of Trevor's car is still cracked. Trevor himself looks pretty healthy at this point. I went over the last few seconds of this ...


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Situation-Specific Amnesia is one possible side effect of experiencing a Traumatic Event. It is a defense mechanism of the brain, attempting to protect against PTSD. The same cause of Trevor's Insomnia and OCD like manners (repetitive hand washing). By blocking out the memory, the brain is trying to protect itself from the painful psychological trauma. ...


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He washes his hands repeatedly using bleach as he is subconsciously aware of what he has done and is trying to "wash the blood off his hands" so to speak in an albeit psychosomatic manner. He didn't notice the fridge as his mind had subconsciously omitted it from his memory and prevented him from seeing what would be evidence of Ivan's true identity as ...


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I highly doubt any of that sequence was reality. It was spurned from the picture of him and his mother at that park, and obviously from the accident itself. The likelihood that he knew Maria and her son socially before hitting him is a far stretch. Delusion.


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Throughout the film Trevor reads "The Idiot" by Dovstoyevsky, a book about a prince who returns from a sanatorium where he was treated for epilepsy (hint: Nicholas) and mental deficiencies (hint: Trevor). The Prince's kindness manifests itself through his two love interests -- one who he loves out of pity (hint: Stevie), and another whom he loves out of ...


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