Assignment on Psycho 1960


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The aim of this study is to watch the film Psycho 1960 and what do you learn from it and make a
summary of it. Psycho is a horror film that has been written by Joseph Stefano in the year 1960
(Beja, 1979).
Thesis statement
The thesis statement in this article tells about Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is the sheer of the
unexpectedness of the murder of Marion Crane in the hands of Norman Bates.
Summary of Article
The story begins wherein we are introduced with a real estate secretary, Marion Crane who is
discussing with her boyfriend Sam Loomis that they cannot afford to get married. The reason
which she gave is Sam's debts. After lunch, she wrote to work where her boss asked her to
deposit 40,000 dollars cash payments which a client drop off for a property in the bank. Seeing
the money, she begins to pack her bag deciding to steal the money so that Sam debts would be
clear and they will afford to get married.
During her journey, she encountered a rain storm and decided to stop at the Bates Motel for a
night. The proprietor, Norman Bates, invites her for a dinner which she accepts. Later she hears
an argument between Norman and his mother regarding bringing women in their house. Norman
tells her about his hobby of taxidermy and that his mother is mentally ill. Returning to her home
Marion decides to go back to Phoenix and return to stolen money. When she prepares to take a
bath Norman spies on her.

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During her bathing, a shadowy female figure suddenly comes and killed her with a chef's Knife.
Norman becomes the eye-witness of that murder, cleans the crime seems, put her corps into the
trunk of her car and sink it near the motel. A week later her sister Lila confronts Sam about
Marion's whereabouts. Arbogast, a private investigator, approaches them and declares that
Marion's has steel Rs 40,000 dollars. Eventually, he came across Bates Motel where he heard
that Marion had met Norman's mother. He tried to speak to her, but Norman refuses. This arose
his suspicions. He goes to Bates home where Mrs. Bates suddenly appears and murders him. On
the other hand, Lila and Sam were informed that Mrs. Bates has been dead for ten years as she
killed herself and her lover. (Simpson, P. L. 2000).
After hearing this Lila and Sam make their way to the motel. There Norman took his unwilling
mother to the fruit cellar to hide her. After reaching the motel Lila and Sam met Norman where
Sam, Marion’s boyfriend, distract Norman by indulging him in a conversation while Lila sneaks
up to the house. When Norman realized something suspicious regarding what they want he
rushes to his house. Seeing that Norman is approaching her, Lila tries to hide by going
downstairs, the way which leads to cellar, place where her Norman's unwilling mother was
hidden. She finds Mrs. Bates sitting there, but when she turned around her, she discovers that it
was a mummified corps. (Hitchcock, A, 1960)
Norman with a chief’s knife and wearing her mother’s cloth attacked Lila, but eventually, Sam
subdues him. So from here, we found that there was no person like Norman's mother, but
Norman was acting like a lady wearing her mother's cloth and a wig. If he was the one who was
playing the role of his mother, then we come across the question with whom he was conversing
when Marion stays at the Bates motel. As we proceed in the story, we came across the fact that at

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