The Heroic Journey In Hitchcock's Psycho

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In the film ‘Psycho’, Hitchcock shocked the audience, and strayed from the traditional heroic journey by killing off the main character halfway through the film. Mary Crane lives in her Ordinary world; she is an unassuming woman living in Phoenix Arizona, working as a secretary. Her boyfriend, Sam Loomis is low on money. Mary is unsatisfied with her current situation, prompting her to leave her Ordinary world and accept her call to adventure. There is little to no reluctance as Mary rushes home and hastily packs to leave town. The she portrays reluctance after she is spotted by her employer downtown. Several scenarios play through her mind; she images how her employer and sister will criticize her harshly for the theft. Finally, Mary Crane …show more content…
She meets a man, Norman Bates, who acts as her mentor. Together, they discuss the trials and struggles of life. After this brief profound council, Mary Crane decides to return the money. However, before she has the chance to redeem herself she is brutally murdered in the memorable shower scene. Her story is cut short before she has the chance to finish her heroic journey.
Hitchcock also exemplified the Heroic Journey format by ultimately following the 12 steps, even if the journey follows multiple characters instead of one main character. Continuing from where Mary Crane left off, Lila Crane and Sam Loomis assume the role of protagonists. We observe Sam Loomis’s Ordinary world, working at a small hardware store. Lila’s sudden appearance with information to Mary’s disappearance spurs the two into action. The two show reluctance and fear that Mary may not be alive, however Sam is tenacious in reassuring himself that Mary must be alive. Milton Arbogast acts as a mentor who ultimately gives Sam and Lila information regarding Mary’s last known whereabouts. However, after his disappearance the two embark on their own journey, entering the new world. They begin their road of trials with a visit to
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Regression is a defense mechanism in which one may revert to childlike behavior. Norman Bates is extremely dependent on his mother, comparative to the way a young child may cling to their mother. His bedroom also reveals the Inner child of Norman Bates. Toys and trinkets are scattered around the room. The bed is minute, much too small for a grown man like Norman to sleep in comfortably. Additionally, Norman refuses to sell the motel, despite the lack of business. He was raised there with his mother where they created memories together. However, when a variable is introduced, everything is thrown out of balance. Norman feels abandoned when another man enters their life. Norman becomes jealous of this man who is stealing his mother, comparable to how an adult may steal a toy from a toddler. Upset by this, Norman murders both the man and his mother in a tantrum. However, Norman is so dependent on his mother; he refuses to accept her death. This leads us to our next point; Norman is in

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