Norman Bates – Psychopath Analysis

‘You know what I think? I think that we're all in our private traps — clamped in them — and none of us can ever get out. We scratch and claw but only at the air, only at each other. And for all of it, we never budge an inch.’ Norman Bates is the main character in Hitchcock’s movie ‘Psycho’. At first, he seems just the ‘boy-next-door’ type of guy, who owns a cheap motel and lives with his mother. Only that the mother doesn’t exist anymore, she’s only a part of Norman’s imagination. Because of the fact that he poisoned her, he decides to compensate her absence, by saving her body, preserving it and even trying to talk in her voice. But can he handle the all too different personalities? He fells in love with a client, Marion, but soon, the Mother’s personality intercedes and so Marion ends up by being stabbed with a kitchen knife while taking a shower. That’s when we understand that the Mother’s personality took over quite often, leaving Norman lost in the labyrinth of his mind. All in all, Norman Bates was a very complex psycho-killer character and a good thing to know is that his personality was inspired by one of America’s most dangerous killers, Ed Gein.

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