Summary Of Pycho Directed By Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

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Norman Bates describes life as a trap, or more accurately, our own private traps that we cannot get out of – no matter how hard we try. While this is true for many characters in the film Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it is most true about Norman himself. The surprising information we learn about Norman throughout the movie proves this point more and more. Norman suffers from a multiple personality disorder brought on by his desires. Norman lives as both himself and his deceased mother. By taking on his mother’s personality, he hopes to bring her back in some way. This shows two things. One is Norman’s melancholy after his mother’s death, and two, Norman’s inner struggle with his desires.
Norman’s ultimate desire is his mother. As we
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Upon first meeting Norman, we also “meet” his mother. His mother both represents the ego and the superego. When Norman physically takes on the role of his mother he is embodying the ID. This representation of the mother follows its desires without question. This can be seen in the many murders “she” does. When someone comes close to intruding on the ID, it physically puts an end to the source. The “mother” that cannot move, her corpse and the voice in Norman’s head, is the superego – she is the force holding Norman back from life. The ID and the superego work together in Norman to protect the fantasy that Norman has carefully built. The superego mother tells Norman that all the girls he desires, like Marion and the two un-named girls mentioned at the end of the movie, are not good enough for him. But Norman’s voice, arguably the ego, is able to fight this voice. He still eats dinner with Marion defying his mother. The ID takes over Norman to make the superego’s wish come true. Norman cannot fight his ID because his ID is a physical representation of his mother while he can keep his superego in check because it is immobile. This force causes Norman to go away and his mother to take over, which is when “Norman” puts on his mothers clothes and kills Marion. Marion was a threat to the fantasy. She is a real person, who Norman is attracted to, and she cannot …show more content…
With each kill, signs of the real Norman lessen until there is nothing left of him. The ultimate moment of this is when Norman’s ID cannot kill the people in its way. When his mother senses threats to the fantasy, she gets rid of them to protect it. To kill, the superego and ID have to fully inhabit Norman. As Lila finds the dead body of Norman’s mother, Norman as his mother comes down to kill her but he cannot because Sam stops him. When he cannot kill Sam and Lila, the mother stays in control to navigate through the real world while protecting the

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