Like Mother Like Son Essay

1187 words - 5 pages

Can a handsome and well-behaved fellow be someone or something that he is not? The audience is not shown Norman Bate’s mother directly, but because of the dialogue, the composition, and the props of the stuffed birds, we come up with the conclusion that Norman Bates is actually his murderous mother and more boyish than manly which contrasts with Marion’s personality in the scene where Marion eats dinner with Norman in the parlor.
The dialogue featured in this scene helps us see Norman’s boyish nature. When Norman talks to Marion, he tends to nervously stutter on certain words like a child learning the alphabet for the first time. For example, when Norman mentions the phrase “eats like a bird,” he tries to say that it is a falsity, but he has trouble pronouncing it. The viewer can the see the child-like determination and frustration on his face to pronounce it correctly. In a way, you can say that Norman is trying hard to impress Marion with intelligent words, but he is failing terribly at it. In addition, the word falsity is defined as a fact of being untrue or incorrect. This is ironic because Norman himself is a falsity. Norman is not normal. He has two personalities, which include him and his mother’s personality and by the end of the movie, he fully transforms into his mother. Having two personalities makes Norman a completely different person. His supposed masculinity figure is downgraded into a boyish appearance because of his mother’s influence on him especially when Norman mentions, “a boy’s best friend is his mother” when Marion asks him “if he has any friends?” This in fact reveals that Norman is definitely not your normal manly figure and that he is actually a momma’s boy. Norman’s response causes him to appear shy and socially awkward. In addition, Norman appears desperately in need of attention and companionship when he asks Marion “if she can stay a bit longer to talk. Norman’s response is quite similar to how a child would act when the playmate is about to go home. Norman also has a tendency to apologize when he feels like he invaded Marion’s privacy by asking private questions. This is highly relatable to how a parent would teach their children not to ask an adult a personal question about their life. For example, when I was younger, my mom taught me not to ask an adult about their age because it is rude and personal to the adult in question. In contrast, Norman’s response to Marion’s suggestion of putting Norman’s mother in “some place,” brings out his mother’s ferocious personality. The rage in the tone of his voice during this brief moment causes Marion to have a feeling of discomfort because a bitter old woman unknowingly replaces the nice and well-mannered boy she first met for a brief moment. This is the first glimpse and clues that the viewer can use to decode that Norman is an unsettling character from when we first saw him. Likewise, when Marion says, “thank you” to Norman, he quickly responses with “Thank you Norman”...

Find Another Essay On Like Mother Like Son

What a Mother Should Be Like

632 words - 3 pages crime. Some parents are very strict on their children because they want the children to be good, but it turns out bad. It makes the children feel like a prisoner who should do what a warder tell him or her to do. However, the warder would hit him or her if he or she doesn't obey the warder's order. Therefore, a warder should do something that make the prisoner does his order when he's not even there. For instance, my mother is a good mother. She

My Mother said there'd be days like this

838 words - 4 pages My Mother Said There’d be Days Like This. How is it that life always seems to pan out the way our parents say it will? ‘Don’t do that, this will happen’; ‘don’t walk down that road, that will be the consequence’ Oh, how right they were! ‘Oh son, how dull life can be! How tedious and horrible. How life can beat you with a stick and subdue your will to live, to persist, and to endure.’ Sitting on my mother’s lap, all innocent and benevolent, I

The Transition From A Woman To A Mother in Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants"

899 words - 4 pages The Transition from a Woman to a Mother in Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like white Elephants” In “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, the author utilizes various fictional elements to provide his readers with the information necessary to further explore and discover the depth of the short story’s significance. The story is set up as a dialogue between two characters, the American and Jig. The American has gotten Jig pregnant and the

A Leader-like Doctor And A Friend-like Mother

1218 words - 5 pages , Dr. Blalock’s stern, adventurous, authoritative, and indifferent mentoring styles are controversial. The same mentoring style has different effects on different people, and different people would prefer different mentoring styles. Though my foremost mentor, my mom, was as stern as Dr. Blalock is, she is far more prudent and considerate.     Like Dr. Blalock, my mon was very stern, especially when it came to matters that dealt with my studies, but

This essay compares and contrasts two poems," Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, and "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes. Very useful if assigned to compare and contrast two poems

477 words - 2 pages opinion, these are two great poems worth reading. "Mother to Son" is more upbeat, and "Mending Wall" is almost like a short story. I believe both of these poems are alike in the way that both of them are about problems, but different because the problems they face are different. The mother in "Mother to Son" knows all the answers and is passing them to her son, and in "Mending Wall" the man wants to find out the answers.

The Growing Disconnection Between Mother and Son in Coming Home Again by Chang-Rae Lee

993 words - 4 pages “Coming Home Again,” written by Chang-Rae Lee, illustrates the relationship of family, particularly a mother who has stomach cancer and a son who is increasingly distancing himself. This profound short story demonstrates the significance of the connection between a mother and a son. Additionally, it establishes and concludes with the negative consequences of their disconnection—regret. A main theme throughout “Coming Home Again” is the

An Explication Of Langston Hughes' "Mother To Son"

1322 words - 5 pages up during the time that slavery was being abolished and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments came into effect. This was also during a time when Congress had passed several laws to protect Negroes' civil rights. In contrast, many whites disregarded the newly won rights of Negroes. (World Book Encyclopedia. Civil Rights. Field Enterprises Educational Corporation. Chicago. 1977. P.468) Like many other Lyrics, "Mother to Son", is expressing the

Analysis of Langston Hughes

964 words - 4 pages between Langston Hughes and African-Americans."Mother to Son" is the obvious poem about a mother giving advice to her son. The poem starts out with the mother telling her son that "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair" (line 2). Here the metaphor of a "crystal stair" is being used to convey what the mother's life has been like. The "crystal stair" represents a life of glamour and magnificence. The mother is telling her son that there is no glamour

short story: Heavy Metal Housekeeping

916 words - 4 pages -representation. She is describing herself as old and worn down (just like t-shirts being used all the time) from the responsibilities of raising her son. What she really desires is to be a "metal woman" (Bozak 106). Considering what was said earlier about how the heavy metal style is viewed by the mother as a self-defense mechanism, her ulterior motives involve wanting someone to take care of her. We can witness how the mother sacrifices her own

Raymond Carver's "Boxes"

1299 words - 6 pages match up with his thoughts throughout the situation. These gaps highlight a hidden theme that associates the son's feelings about his mother moving with her death.One of the reasons the son unconsciously believes he will never see his mother again, is because his mother mentions more than once in the story that she would like to die. These gaps in the story where the mother mentions dying in the same scenes that have to do with her moving

Types of a Mothers Love

1198 words - 5 pages will act like this now, there are no signs of her changing anytime in the near future. The daughter in this story has to live with the reality that her mother has a mindset of what a woman is. Unfortunately, it appears to be virtually impossible to fill the mold that her mother has for her. In "Gravity," the mother has been put into an awful situation. Her son, who seems to be about 30 years old, has the AIDS virus. He has grown weak and feeble

Similar Essays

Like Father, Like Son Essay

942 words - 4 pages “He followed in his father’s footsteps, but his gait was somewhat erratic” (qtd. in Very Best Quotes). Nicholas Bentley’s quote touches on one of the most intriguing aspects of The Odyssey by Homer. Despite Telemachus’ father’s absence for the best of twenty years, this did not prevent Telemachus from maturing into a great man, much like his heroic dad, Odysseus. However, it was not by choice that Odysseus abandoned his son but because

Like Father, Like Son Essay

690 words - 3 pages “He followed in his father’s footsteps, but his gait was somewhat erratic” (qtd. in Very Best Quotes). Nicholas Bentley’s quote touches at one of the most intriguing aspects of The Odyssey by Homer. Despite Telemachus’ father’s absence for the best of twenty years, this did not prevent Telemachus from maturing into a great man, much like his heroic dad, Odysseus. However it was not by choice that Odysseus abandoned his son; although he

Like Father, Like Son Essay

2025 words - 8 pages has deep implications with how we handle our relationship with others. The first chapter, Whose Image, deals with the issue of who made whom. Smail begins by giving an example of a mother and a child. The mother claims that her son looks the same as the father, but the viewer can only affirm that if he/she knows what the father looks like. He sums this up by saying "what you can say about the image depends on what you know about the original

Like Father, Like Son Essay

1587 words - 6 pages When one wants to see what their life will amount to in the future, they are often told to look to their parents as a gauge of their potential. In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the contrast between the characters Biff and Bernard is mirrored in the contrast between their fathers, Willy and Charley. The cliché "˜like father like son' is very relevant to this play. Bernard and his father Charley are successful and