Like a lot of Hitchcock
is more about the tension between the characters and thebuilding suspense throughout the movie rather than the actual gore. The bird attacks in the filmremain unexplained and many critics have spent a lot of time analysing the meaning behind the film.One of the theories is that the birds actually represent the woman in the film. The three mainwomen all vying for the attention of one man, Melanie the new woman in the picture is the firstattacked after her run in with Annie, the jealous ex-lover. As the film goes on you notice moreemphasis is put on the relationships between the women rather than the men, they seem to be theones with the most dramatic scenes and it
s a women who accuses Melanie of being the cause of allthe bird attacks. It
s is also a women that disputes the legitimacy of these attacks. The femalecharacters in the story are much more in depth than those of them men, and hold a lot moreinterest. Towards the end the last shot before you see all the birds is Melanie and Mitch
s mother inthe backseat and there seems to be an acceptance there, which could be linked to the fact that noneof the birds try to attack as they leave it
s almost as if the tension between the women has subsided.This idea is supported by Tim Dirk
s who has a more in depth view
It is about three needy women(literally 'birds') - and a fourth from a younger generation - each flocking around and vying forvarying degrees of affection and attention from the sole, emotionally-cold male lead, and the fragiletensions, anxieties and unpredictable relations between them. The attacks are mysteriously relatedto the mother and son relationship in the film - anger (and fears of abandonment or being leftlonely) of the jealous, initially hostile mother come to the surface when her bachelor son bringshome an attractive young woman. Curiously, the first attack has symbolic phallic undertones - itoccurs when the man and woman approach toward each other outside the restaurant in the coastaltown.