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Vertigo themes, symbols, motifs

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Vertigo themes, symbols, motifs

  1. 1. THEMES MOTIFS SYMBOLSDeath Spirals Towers•Presented as attractive and •eyes / hairstyles / stairs / trees •Phallic symbols and connected to themesfrightening through ideas about fear •reinforces ideas surrounding vertigo around Scottie’s impotence and powerof vertigo (Scottie) and potential and closely linked to themes around struggles in the filmsuicide (Madeline) life and death•Scottie seems obsessed withparadox of being attracted by deathbut terrified of it.The Supernatural Flowers Sequoia Trees•ideas about dying and coming •idealised notions of beauty and •considered to by symbolic of life and deathback from the dead femininity as fragile – the years we live and generations of time •represents Scottie’s idealisation of Madeline as his ideal womanThe power of Psychological Colours Red & Greenobsession Red - considered to signify danger•the rational v irrational romantic Green – considered to representdelusion Scottie has with Madeline • nature & life•The idea that we’re all prisoners of • life after death /our own psyche supernatural / ghostsPhysical appearances & beauty: Tunnels & Corridors1)physical manifestations in people •represented as passages to (and2) ideals of beauty but with a price from) deathto payCrisis of Masculinity Religious Icons•Role of men and women in 1950s •relates to themes to do with life,society death and the supernatural

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