Common Themes And Elements In Psycho And The Birds

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The two films Psycho and The Birds, both directed by Alfred Hitchcock, share similar themes and elements. These recurring themes and elements are often prevalent in many of Hitchcock’s works. In Psycho and The Birds, Hitchcock uses thematic elements like the ideal blonde woman, “the motherly figure”, birds, and unusual factors that often leave the viewer thinking. Hitchcock’s works consist of melodramatic films, while also using pure cinema to help convey messages throughout the film.
While both of the films consist of two completely different plots, they still share common aspects. For instance, Hitchcock directly places a blonde woman in both of the films. Since Hitchcock is known for ...view middle of the document...

In Psycho, Norman Bates’ mother is supposedly a domineering, mentally unstable woman. While in The Birds, Mitch Brenner’s mother is portrayed as possessive, and highly dependent on both of her children. The two mothers in both of these films are closely related in their personalities, and how they react when the main characters, Marion and Melanie approach their sons. Although Norman Bates acts as his own mother in the film, due to his split personality, it is still apparent that neither of the mothers in these two films is capable enough of letting another woman come into their son’s lives. Despite the true qualities a motherly figure is supposed to embody, Hitchcock contrasts those qualities by opposing them through the usage of intrusive, overbearing mothers.
There are images of birds in nearly all of Hitchcock’s films specifically, Psycho and The Birds. In Psycho, Hitchcock indirectly uses birds to make a statement. Although birds are not the main theme in this film, he inserts birds throughout the film. The film starts off in Phoenix, Arizona. A Phoenix is also known as a mythological bird. The main character, Marion's last name is "Crane”, which is another bird species. In addition to those two factors, Norman practices taxidermy as a hobby, and he uses birds to contribute to his hobby. Now in the...

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