Essay Psychoanalytic Critique of Alfred Hitcock's 'the Birds'

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Psychoanalytic Critique of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

In the late nineteenth century, Sigmund Freud developed the first framework for psychoanalytic theory expressing that our unconscious mind is truly responsible for our thoughts, desires, and overall emotions. His theory establishes that childhood experiences are crucial in individual development and sexual or aggressive drives shape all of our basic needs and feelings (Summers, 2006). Of course humans do not directly recognize that their underlying sexual drive would cause them to act in certain ways; this creates an artistic path for filmmakers to incorporate this theory into film. In a film anything can happen because it is created in someone’s mind and acted out by unrelated
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A counterargument to this interpretation can be made involving why the various attacks were often targeting children if it was a representation of Lydia’s punishment for Mitch. Recall that it was Cathy however; who in the end begged Mitch to allow her to keep the two caged lovebirds that original brought Melanie to Bodega Bay (McCombe, 2005). Cathy took quite the liking to Melanie Daniels from the start, perhaps yearning for that maternal recognition she lacked

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