Semiotic Power Of Woman-In-Glasses By Alfred Hitchcock

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The classic bespectacled female characters in Hitchcock who illustrate this semiotic phenomenon are illustrations of how a woman’s difference will result in her eventual punishment or elimination-whether symbolically as with Midge being cast aside by Scottie or literally as with Miriam being murdered by Bruno. The semiotic power of “woman-in-glasses” have cut across film, literature, psychology, sociology, rhetoric and popular culture, commercialism and day-today lives. Tzvetan Todorov notices a conincidence between “themes of vision” and “images of sight”, usually involving the symbolism of the eyeglasses, which “permit penetration into our marvellous universe” (121). For this reason the eyeglasses-coupled with the mysterious Otherness
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