Alfred Hitchcock Self Plagiarism

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Self-plagiarism, the act of copying one’s own idea or work, is always considered a forbidden move which will lead to several punishment and drastic harm of reputation. However, it has been said by Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, that “Self-plagiarism is style.” With that being said, Hitchcock has showcased his ability to add similar elements or tropes repeatedly without letting his audience down, as proven by the awards presented by The Academy Award. A normal plagiarism work is definitely not granting you an award from Oscar. No, it is not the conventional plagiarism that Hitchcock is talking about. Instead It is the excellent uses of repeated elements that the audience may not even notice. So how exactly did Hitchcock self-plagiarize to form a style? In this article, I am going to compare two Hitchcock’s masterpieces The 39 Steps and Spellbound to explore this very distinctive technique. The biggest similarity of the film starts with the subject of these two films. The main characters of two films, respectively Richard Hannay and Constance Petersen, tumbled into the occasion despite being normal citizens, are forced to start a journey of a hero for their own sakes: Richard Hannay, a normal person who attended a talent show which was interrupted by a shot, managed to escape with a mysterious woman, Annabella Smith, who seemed to be shell-shocked, then turned out to be an agent. Being assassinated, her opposing agents switched target to Hannay, leaving him being

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