Analysis Of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'

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Alfred Hitchcock 's 1960 film Psycho saw audiences introduced to a shy, isolated, but derrannged character - Norman Bates. The uncomfortable combination of both sympathy and disgust is slowly revealed through Bates ' history and the events that change him during the movie. Using sound, camera angles, and reorganisation of the generic conventions of horror films, Hitchcock constructed Bates ' character in a way that kept the audience in suspense as to whether he was truly a monster or just a young man suffering mental-instability.
Norman Bates was originally written as a middle-aged, overweight, disconsolate man; a character screen audiences would recognise, but not embrace. Hitchcock "permenantly altered the face of the horror-film monster"
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When Marion first meets Norman the scenes that follow are shot from Marion 's point of view, allowing the audience to experience what she is at the same time as her. Some of the pity felt for Norman is expressed through these POV shots, especially when Norman goes up to the house to ask his 'mother ' if Marion can stay for dinner. As the viewers can only hear what occurs in the house, they are inclined to feel sorrow for Norman whilst he is being yelled at by his 'mother '. The point of view shots used from Norman 's perspective when he is peeping through the wall at Marion changing, also add to the sympathy that the audience feels for him as well as a hint of …show more content…
The sound techniques used throughout the film contribute to the construction of Norman as an evil person. When Norman is sitting in the parlour with Marion there is no music playing for most of their conversation, that is until Marion brings up the idea of sending Norman 's 'mother ' to an institution. Norman 's reaction to this is not pleasant and he begins to speak of how awful asylums are and how he would never consider doing something like that to someone he loves. The non-diegetic music then begins and intensifies as Norman 's tone and demeanour becomes threatening. This builds tension in the scene, and both Marion and the audience become increasingly uncomfortable and scared by Norman 's change of mood. This also foreshadows the intensity associated with the non-diegetic music used in the famous shower scene which is a thrilling turning point in the regular

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