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Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho has been commended for forming the basis for all horror films that followed its 1960 release It terrified audiences in 1960 and surprisingly still holds up very well today The characters in Psycho seem to be connected by a sense of spit personality and the presence of conscience It is these character parallels that Hitchcock uses to convey his theme of good vs evil in Psycho It is with Marions character that Hitchcock first introduces the notion of a split personality to the audience Throughout the first part of the film Marions reflection is often noted in several mirrors and windows In the car dealership Marion enters the bathroom in order to have privacy while counting her money Hitchcock however uses upper-camera angles and the convenient placing of a mirror to convey the sense of a lingering conscious mind that makes privacy impossible Filmguide 43 The split personality theme reaches the height of its foreshadowing power as Marion battles both sides of her conscience while driving on an ominous and seemingly endless road toward the Bates Motel Marion wrestles with the voices of those that her crime and disappearance has affected while the audience is compelled to recognize as to why it can so easily identify with Marion despite her wrongful actions At Work 85 As her journey comes to an end the suspicion that Marion feels while at the motel is also felt by the audience As Marion shudders while hearing Normans mother yell at him the audiences suspicions are heightened Hitchcock has at this point made Marion a vital link between the audience and the plot The initial interaction between Marion and Norman Bates subtly and slowly sway the audiences sympathy from Marion to Norman Hitchcock compels the audience to identify with the quiet and shy character whose devotion to his mother has cost him his own identity Hitchcock 135 After Marion and Norman finish dining the audiences empathy for
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