The Psychological Abuse Of Gaslighting

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The Psychological Abuse of Gaslighting
In the 1944 film adaptation of “Gaslight,” produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr, the human psyche is abused in order to gain control over another individual. Before both Patrick Hamilton’s play, as well as the film Gaslight, the word gaslight had a different meaning. The term gaslight used to be just that, a light lit with gas. This film changed that, especially in the field of psychology. Now, because of this film, Gaslight (or Gaslighting) is known as “an extremely effective form of emotional abuse that causes a victim to question their own feelings, instincts and sanity, which gives the abusive partner a lot of power” (The National Domestic Violence Hotline). The term gaslighting has been transformed to mean what it does today due to the effectiveness of the film directed by George Cukor. This effectiveness was achieved through the usage of systematic cinematic photography, character development, and powerful performances by the actors.
Though the cinematic shots of Gregory’s menacing shadows, and creeping hands enhance the sinister nature of his character. It is the dialogue and mannerisms that make the film successful. Gregory, played by Charles Boyer, is a diabolical thief who uses psychological abuse to convince his wife she is crazy. His character does this effectively and slowly. First, Gregory gets Paula to love him, granting him the trust he needs. He does this in the beginning of the film when he is seen outside the singing

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