Was Norman Bates himself a victim at the end of the psycho (1960)?

Was Norman Bates himself a victim at the end of the psycho (1960)? ...

During the final scene of the film, the psychiatrist said, "These are crimes of passion, not profit." These are the words used throughout the film. We'll get back to it in a minute.

Synopsis of the Psycho Plot

Marlon, a Phoenix real estate secretary, swindles $40,000 from one of her company's customers and flees. She discovers a remote motel and decides to stay the night. The motel manager, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), asks Marlon to dine with him, much to his mother's chagrin.

Marion's extensive conversations with Norman over dinner have her thinking about escaping private traps — and she later decides to return to Phoenix in the morning to repay the money. However, she doesn't see the sun the next day because she is the victim of an unintentional incident right after her dinner with Norman.

What happens to Marion?

During Marion's shower, a strange figure appears – apparently a middle-aged lady who brutally murdered her with a big knife. Norman rushes to the crime scene to find out what happened. Without wasteing a single moment, Norman removes the body and disposes of any evidence in the washroom area.

He places Marion's dead body and hidden cash in her car, and takes it to a nearby marsh. As he waits for the car to sink, he has a confident smirk on his face suggesting dumping bodies might be a part of his routine.

Who is looking for Marion?

Marion's real estate company hires a private investigator, Arbogast, to discover her whereabouts and obtain the money. Arbogast arrives at Bates Motel, and asks Norman Bates about Marion. After Arbogast checks out the register, he is certain Marion attended Bates Motel. But, when he insists on meeting his mother, Norman asks him to leave. At a nearby phone booth, Arbogast informs Marion's sister, Lila

Arbogast travels to Norman Bates' house in search of the truth about Marion's disappearance. However, before he can see even a single room, he is killed by the same woman who killed Marion.

Who discovers the truth about Bates?

Sam and Lila take matters into their hands after already discovering something's not right at the Bates Motel. They contact the local Sheriff who informs them that Norman's mother has died for the last ten years. Fearfully perplexed, they decide to go to the Bates' Motel to discover the truth.

Pretending to be business travelers looking for a room, they try to locate signs of Marion and Arbogast in the motel and Bates' mysterious home.

Lila enters Bates' house while Sam distracts him at the motel's reception desk. Norman punches Sam unconscious and runs to find Lila. In the fruit cellar, Lila discovers a woman holding on her shoulder, only to discover the mummified body of a female (Bates' mother). As she screams in fear, Norman Bates pops us dressed like a woman, carrying the same knife that killed Marion and Arbogast.

What is the Purpose of a Psychiatrist?

After speaking with Norman, the psychiatrist explains Norman Bates' condition and crimes to the officials. According to him, since Bates murdered his mother, he has sought to keep her alive in his mind in order to dispel the guilt of matricide. He dug her corpse out of the grave, put her into the house, and began to take care of her as if she were still alive.

Norman only, mother only, or both at the same time.

The mother half of his brain was activated when he became attracted to Marion, and she murdered her. After she finished her job, the Norman half of his brain became awakened. He did his best as a son to conceal the crimes of his mother.

What does the end of the sentence mean?

In the past, Norman Bates had killed two more women in a very similar manner.

Norman's first and last crime were largely due to his alternate personality (his mother) – who was cruel and dominating. To kill anyone, he had to wear his mother, because he simply wasn't capable of such crimes. Similarly, he attacks Lila as Norman, but he has to get into the mindset of his mother.

Norman is proven to be a less violent person when he stabs Sam. He might have easily killed him as he lay unconscious on the floor, but he chose not to.

Norman is seen reprimanding himself in his head as his mother in the final scene. According to what we can determine, Norman was a victim of a serious medical condition. Had the mother half committed suicide, he would've killed him as well.

Most of us don't realize that Norman Bates was inspired by Ed Gein, a real-life American murdered and body snatcher. The story Psycho is an adaptation of Robert Bloch's 1959 novel of the same name.

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