the story (or the scene described above) are some of the most positive contributions to the film andhelp to map out the horror in the attacks of the birds.
Birds gathering on playground apparatus
Alike to most of his films, Hitchcock carefully considered character and the role stereotypes play withinhis narrative a
s explained by Anderson “
I think all of them are present: the icy blonde, the suggestivebanter, the sinister brunette, the precocious child, the female in eyeglasses, the glib discussion of murder, the domineering mother, the victimized female
. (Anderson, 2012).
The role of stereotypes
lays fundamental to our expectation of the film and more importantly the director’s ability tomanipulate the viewer’s understandings of character in order to produce a sense of horror in this case.
Hitchcock pays particular attention to the female figures, the three females (posing the awkward lovetriangle between the mother, Melanie and Annie) centered on the singular male (Mitch). The lovetriangle, the feud over Mitch, progresses as a subtext alongside the main theme of the film. It is
particularly noticeable the change of form from Melanie’s character from start to finish. Melanie isintroduced as a powerful character reflective of 1963 she is portrayed as a woman that doesn’t need a
man to stand up alongside her, as was the stereotypical image of women pre 60
s. However in the final
scenes Melanie’s character is broken and fragile resting in the mothers arms. Anderson voices his
opinion on the conscious decision to mold the character of Melanie
“By the end, when the self
-assured,independent, and superciliously smug Melanie Daniels from the early scenes has been reduced to acowering, needy, child/woman, I have the nagging feeling that the film (aka Hitchcock) views this assome kind of triumph; as if her breakdown has made he
r more human.” (Anderson, 2012).
Hitchcockcould similarly be responding to the attitude of love at the time, thus the lovebirds remain a strongmotif throughout the film. It seems inevitable that the two lovebirds (Melanie and Mitch) lay in tattersbut still together and dependent on each other towards the climax. Almost an antithesis to the inventionof the pill, that the conventional way of love and love making in particular the emotional aspects
shouldn’t be completely discarded because sex is safely available to the general public for the f
irst time.The ending of the birds sets the main controversy for film critics, for many the lack of meaning behindthe birds attacks which is never explained inside the running time is easy to dismiss but for others it