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Poe And Hitchcock Essay

676 words - 3 pages

"It's because I liked Edgar Allan Poe's stories so much that I began to make suspense films,"(Poe Museum) is a quote from world famous film director Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock has directed highly praised films such as, Vertigo in 1958 and The Birds in 1963. However, he also directed the 1960 horror suspense film Psycho. Psycho is about a young woman named Marion Crane who is unsatisfied with her life and runs away with money she was entrusted to bring to a bank. As she is driving she stops at the Bates motel where the owner , Norman Bates , an individual with Dissociative Identity Disorder, eventually kills her (IMDb). Alfred Hitchcock utilizes this mental illness in Psycho as a way to develop plot that is comparable to the way Edgar Allen Poe employs a psychological disorder in “The Tell Tale Heart.”
Mental disorders augmented the two works by developing the rising action and climax. In the case of “Psycho”Norman, dressed as his mother, murders Marion in the shower and then precedes back to his house and angrily talks to his mother about the murder as if she killed her (IMDb). However, there is no mother as Norman acts like both himself and his mother. Norman acting like two different people along with a tendency for violence are symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder, a psychiatric sickness when individuals have multiple personalities; also known as Split Personality Disorder. This also happens in “ The Tell Tale Heart”. In the story, the narrator is extremely obsessed with the old man’s eye. He sees the eye as evil and it fabricates a strong sense of paranoia for the narrator so much that he begins stalking the old man at night because of his obsessive with the eye. He eventually murders the old man. This extreme case of paranoia is a symptom of Schizophrenia, a serious mental disorder in which the person affected cannot understand reality. These illnesses also carry on to the resolution.
The resolution for Psycho and “The Tell Tale Heart” reveals how...

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