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A violin, a knife, and a psychopath with mommy issues walk into a shower…

Director Alfred Hitchcock, known for his affiliation with films specifically in the realm of horror, is able to present the notion of murder and mental illness in his 1960 film Psycho. Through the usage of elements such as dark visuals accompanying symbolism, and the character exploitation of Norman Bates, Hitchcock provides a suspenseful yet foreboding storyline for his audience. To begin with, I will introduce how Hitchcock utilized various visual techniques to inter-relate the concepts of murder and mental illness. As a whole, the film itself provides a very dark ambiance which can serve as a foreshadowing of Norman’s darker side; his split personality which the audience does not fully encounter until the end of the film but only receiving quick minor glimpses of throughout the film. One of the most prevalent parts of the film that depict this braking through of a darker side is when Norman eats dinner with Marion Crane. Through the dialogue in their conversation about Norman’s mother, we see the split personality becoming slowly more prevalent. This can especially be seen when Marion mentions putting his mother in “someplace,” referring to an institution, Norman’s face develops into this sinister look where his face falls behind the shadows while his eyes suddenly lights up; in this scene, Norman’s true character is hinted at and subtly foreshadows what is later to come. It is kind of ironic to discuss this darker side of Norman becoming more prevalent because one of the lines he says is, “we’re all in our private traps.” In his case, Norman is entrapped by his mother’s unseen yet omniscient presence. Adding on to this omnisciency, the stuffed birds in this film serve as great symbolism; they symbolize Norman’s mother and is a foreshadowing of the great unveiling of Norman’s split...

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