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Violence and sexuality are usually the theme for action movies In Hitchcocks Psycho violence is brought out as a substitute for sexuality Norman Bates uses violence to release his sexual frustration Two clues in the movie to support such an idea are taxidermy and the shower murder To most people taxidermy is a hobby in Normans case stuffing birds can be viewed as a sign of violence and sexuality Hobbies are usually regarded as innocent activities of casual interest designed to help pass the time Stuffing birds in a way is a cruel treatment to animals for it involves killing and suffering The Oxford English Dictionary defines taxidermy as the act of preparing and preserving the skins of animals and stuffing and mounting them so as to present the appearance attitude etc of the living animal Norman enjoys doing such thing in order to keep the creatures in his possession People who like stuffing birds are not all necessary violent or have the tendency that Norman does Norman grows up in a single parent family His mother is a controlling and demanding woman who takes away his chance of socializing and disconnects him from society Thus we can imagine how little association Norman has had with women Moreover the mothers overprotection causes a permanent breakdown of masculinity for Norman Normans masculinity is replaced by a horrendous and power-obsessed femininity Norman doesnt appreciate the way his mother treats him The viewer sees his dissatisfaction from the argument Norman has with his mother when he invites Marion to the house for dinner It is not the mother herself fighting with Norman It is Norman impersonating the mother and imagining the way his mother would be treats him in such a case Needless to say Norman has built up his anger towards the mother over the years His desire for a woman and his discontentedness towards his mother have to be released in some way He
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