A media analysis of the film 'Psycho' by Alfred Hitchcock. Looking specifically at voyeurism, third person narrative and the roles of both male and female characters.

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From the moment when Marian pulls up in her car outside the motel, there is

a tense atmosphere which is created by the bad weather and the fact that she

arrived in the dark. Using this setting makes us (the audience) feel slightly

anxious even from the beginning, and also by using the second person

camera angles we are made to feel like voyeurs watching Marian and her

actions. When we are wanted to focus on a specific person or object, the

camera changes to create a point of view shot where we are seeing things

through Marians eyes and so we know exactly what she is looking at.

In order to set a scene the camera tends to pan around quite slowly so that

we can take in where a certain character is at any time. Once she gets out of

her car and has tried knocking at the office door with no success, the camera

changes to her point of view looking up at the main house.

The whole house

is portrayed in darkness with a light in one window, this makes the viewer

see the house as quite sinister.

Once our focus is on the house a shadow of a man is shown walking across

the window, at the time we do not know who this is but later on in this part

of the film we discover that he is in fact Norman, the owner of the motel.

We soon learn that Norman has a possessive Mother, who does not like any

other women coming near him. The fact that we only see his shadow when

Marian arrives, represents the idea that he is not entirely himself and that his

Mother over-shadows him.

After Marian sees that there is someone in the house she gets back...