Psycho Analysis

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Nicki Yarber
English 111-08
7th March 2013
Psycho
Psycho is a horror movie directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The movie was inspired by a novel “Psycho” by Robert Bloch and is considered to be one of the best films done by Hitchcock. The film is about Marion Crane, a secretary who steals $40,000 from her employer to help out her boyfriend Sam Loomis who is going through a divorce, and Norman Bates, a young man who is running his family business, a motel that Marion ends up residing in on her journey to California. Norman also happens to have a split personality sometimes he is himself but sometimes Norma, his dead mother who Norman murdered together with her lover, takes over him; so the movie revolves around the meeting between Marion and Norman and the aftermath. There are several themes that run through the movie such as voyeurism, duality of human nature, and verisimilitude. Hitchcock also used shadows, mirrors and music to make the scenes in the movie more mind-blowing. Even though the movie had quite a lot of controversy around it, it ended up having a great impact on the movie industry.

Voyeurism is the act of viewing others without them knowing. This theme is frequently exhibited throughout the movie. According to Chritina Pomoni, if one elves into the human mind, they would find out that there is little voyeurism in each of us. Hitchcock used voyeurism in some cases to make the audience feel as if they were right there. Examples of voyeurism by the audience include the beginning of the movie when Marion was in the hotel room with Sam and also when Marion was taking a shower at the motel. The characters indulge in voyeurism as well. For example when Norman watched Marion through a hole in his office as she took off her clothes she was completely unaware. Marion as well engages in voyeurism by watching Norman as he ran up the stairs to his house to make Marion a sandwich. Another theme that is portrayed in the movie is...
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