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Birds/Psycho Analysis

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One of the most powerful recurring themes in these two Hitchcock's films is the procession of domineering mothers.
Norman Bates is the antagonist of the movie Psycho. Norman Bates is a handsome young gentleman-like individual. However, even though he has a shy but eerie persona, we can’t imagine that this turns into a creepy murderer. The reason that ultimately leads to his insanity is his strange attachment to his mother. Besides being plain old Norman Bates, Norman’s other character is his mother. Norman dresses like his mother and can even have a conversation with himself shifting from one persona to the next. In the movie, we find out that Norman killed his mother and the mother’s ...view middle of the document...

We don’t know the exact details of his childhood, but we can try to speculate by what clues the movie gives the viewer. Norman impersonates his mother, that gives one the conclusion that Norman’s mother was controlling and domineering. It appears Norman’s mom would verbally abuse him and make him feel guilty. As a result of the domineering personally endured by Norman, he probably never socialized with other people. Regardless of the maltreatment he suffered, the only thing Norman knew was his mother. Norman was trapped with his mother and developed an abnormal relationship with her.
Although Mitch's mother Lydia is seen in a far more favorable light in The Birds.; Mitch, an intelligent man, has strange relationship with his mother. For example, when Mitch and Lydia wash dishes, their conversation and role is like husband and wife Mitch call her mother as honey and darling. Lydia is perceived as a sympathetic and vulnerable widow, not so much afraid of being abandoned by her son, but afraid that her son would find love with another woman that she herself could not give him. The truth is Lydia is a needy, grasping woman who feels threatened by any woman who might take Mitch away from her.
Mitch's love interest, Melanie, has conquered and has gotten everything she...

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