In the film Psycho, various themes are employed to create the mood of doubleness.. In the movie, the scene where Marion packs her belongings is intended to create this doubleness. I am to see the feat that has taken over her as she is literally shaking. Moreover, Marion is also seen looking at herself in the mirror. I am able to decide the next piece of action according to what they see here. Doubleness is further created via mirror images when Marion views herself in her car’s rear view mirror. I think here Alfred Hitchcok is again trying to foreshadow what is going to happen through the shear fright that has engulfed Marion here. Moreover, when Marion checks into the fateful bar, she sees herself in a mirror. In this scene I am left in suspense as to what is going to happen next.
An eerie mood is also created when the questioning of Norman by Arbogast is shown through the mirror. The pensive mood that Norman possesses leaves the audience without any doubt about what is going to befall Marion. Mr. Hitchcok also portrays doubleness at the point where Sam and Lila enter the room. Here, i feel frightened of what is awaiting the two. Therefore, I can conclude that the author achieved his objectives with regards to moving the audience through fright. Doubleness through mirror image is also portrayed when Lila enters the bedroom of Mr Bate’s. The director uses the theme of doubleness through mirror images to capture imagination in the most decent way.
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