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Marion Crane a working woman from Phoenix Arizona is fed up with having to sneak around and steal lunch hours to meet her lover Sam Loomis who refuses to get married because he doesnt have any money Sam claims he wants to wait until he pays off some of his debts because he doesnt want Marion and him to live in a storeroom behind a hardware store in Fairvale Marion is motivated by her desire to settle down and have a family with Sam and to have financial freedom Surprisingly by chance her opportunity for freedom arrives in the form of 40000 due to a situation that allows her to easily take the money The first half of the film Psycho explores Marions divided personality as she struggles with her decisions which lead her to a further series of chance occurrences Ironically these chance occurrences lead to her final entrapment at the Bates Motel Marion is motivated to steal money from Cassidy by her desire to be with Sam to gain freedom from her dead end job and by her desire to obtain financial freedom Marion and Sam carry on their affair in an anonymous hotel room on her lunch break Before returning to work Marion reveals that she is ready to get married and have a respectable relationship with Sam and gives him an ultimatum After refusing to meet Sam in another hotel room Marion explains Oh we can see each other We can even have dinner but respectably In my house with my mothers picture on the mantel and my sister helping me broil a big steak for three Sam doesnt want Marion to leave him and wants to continue seeing her under any circumstances even respectability However Sams indebtedness to his deceased fathers debt and alimony to his ex-wife prevents their marrying Sam doesnt want Marion and him to live in poverty Frustrated with her unfulfilled relationship Marion returns to work Marion
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