Invading personal space in hopes of protecting the greater good.

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Invading personal space in hopes of protecting the greater good.

Post  Jaime D. on Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:39 am

I feel that Alfred Hitchcock already manipulates to an extreme, by putting us in moments where we see through Mr. Jefferies eyes. By doing so, he has limited our control of what we want to see and replaces it by making us view what he wants us to see. As the movie progresses some audience members tend to feel uneasy and become worried if Mr. Jefferies may eventually get caught peeping. In prersent time, a majority believe that peeping on someone is a serious offence to their well-being and an invasion of their personal space. Then Hitchcock puts Mr. Jefferies and the audience in a position where they may have witness a murder. This is where Hitchcock applies utilitarianism, Mr. Jefferies throw out the fact that peeping is already bad but continues to peep at a higher and more intense level. If you were to witness a murder would you just glance away as if it were just your imagination or would try to best of your ability to get a better view. You would resort to using a utilitarianism aspect by becoming more involved with investigating the scene to make sure it actually happened and ensuring the safety of your neighbors. Some of you may be unaware, but Hitchcock has placed both you (the audience members) and Mr. Jefferies to make a decision to do something (peep across Mr. Thorwald's after the murder) to ensure an outcome that is for the greater good.

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