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To be classified as murder one must have the motivation to kill Without these requirements a person cannot be classified as a murderer but rather a mere tool that kills for someones benefit Throughout the movie Double Indemnity Billy Wilder displays the protagonist Walter Neff as a male victim as he helps assists Phyllis in her scheme to attain a large sum of money and get rid of her husband Andrew Spicer defines a male victims as weakness confusion and need for others help of the victim hero can create a sympathetic everyman Walter Neff exhibits such traits throughout the movie as he falls in love with Phyllis From their first meeting at Phylliss house where Neff and Phyllis meet to the eventual murder of Phylliss husband both characters reveal their roles to the audience using different scenes camera angles lighting and facial expressions Neffs role as a male victim becomes more evident as the story unfolds as his roles changes from being an innocent insurance man to becoming a pawn for Phyllis Noir films such as Double Indemnity achieve the sense of darkness and mystery through characters such as Walter Neff whose purpose is to be the pawn of the antagonist These characters known as victims display distinctive traits that enable them to be taken advantaged of and eventually lead to their downfall This type of character is commonly associated with the middle-class professional and working-class drifter respectivelySpicer 84 because they are not too powerful to avoid being persuaded by petty influences like those of the upper class However the people of the middle class can also complete the assignments deemed important unlike lower classes In addition a character requires much more than a mere social class to be considered a male victim they must also have the traits of being morally weak apparently helpless in the throes of desire K Spicer 84 These traits enable fatality characters to overpower a
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