Alfred Hitchcock and Women Analytical Essay by ABCs

Alfred Hitchcock and Women
This paper looks at Alfred Hitchcock and the pre-feminist woman and provides an examination of the filmmaker's liberal attitude toward women.
# 112886 | 1,428 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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In this article, the writer analyzes Hitchcock's portayal of women in his films. The writer first notes that regardless of the fact that Hitchcock portrayed many women as possessors of negative characteristics, feeble, and promiscuous, his portrayal of women, based on their careers and sexuality, is remarkably progressive for the age in which he created films. The writer then notes that, although Hitchcock's two most prominent career women are 'Psycho's' Marion and 'Rear Window's' Lisa Fremont, the two are implied to be relatively successful and certainly capable of greater career challenges. The writer maintains that although many claim that Alfred Hitchcock's films are misogynistic, the same evidence can be used to suggest Hitchcock's progressive trends. The writer concludes that the negative portrayals of Hitchcock's women, therefore, can be implied as society's faults, while the progressive attitude toward women suggests their capabilities.

From the Paper:

"Coupled with the stereotype of sadomasochism is that of naivete. Throughout his films, Hitchcock manages to stun audiences with images of murder levied on naive victims. Brilliantly, this theme of naivete allows audience members to become involved in the drama of the murder, caring intimately and reacting strongly when the naive character or one close to him or her is killed. Although this scenario applies to a variety of characters, such as Strangers on a Train's Guy Haines, it is most brilliantly portrayed in Psycho, as naive Marion thoroughly enjoys her shower, unaware that her murderer lurks just outside the plastic curtain. The shower scene, reproduced so many times in both effigy and parody, allows viewers to glimpse the careless Marion lifting her arms, shutting her eyes, and opening and shutting her mouth in obvious enjoyment and relaxation. The audience can imagine and almost feel the hot water scalding on a blissful and naive Marion until Norman Bates throws open the curtain and thrusts a knife into the unsuspecting young woman. Audiences glimpse the anatomy of a smooth and attractive feminine stomach as Marion feebly attempts to fight her attacker. Finally, the scene ends with Marion's head, in all its feminine glory, drooping awkwardly over the bathtub."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mogg, Ken. "Alfred Hitchcock." Senses of Cinema. 18 June 2008. <>
  • Greg, Garrett. "Hitchcock's Women on Hitchcock." Literature Film Quarterly 27.2 (1999).

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