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Rear Window (Film) - Short Sample Answers

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Describe the similarities between Lisa and the other single women around the courtyard. What is the significance of these varied portrayals? 4

What is the central message of Rear Window on the topic of voyeurism? 5

Is the Thorwald murder the main plot of Rear Window? Why or why not? 6

What is the effect of Hitchcock's subjective shooting style and how does it connect to the underlying themes in Rear Window? 7

Why does Lisa decide to become Jeff's accomplice in his amateur sleuthing? 8

Describe the similarities between Lisa and the other single women around the courtyard. What is the significance of these varied portrayals?

Each of the women in Jeff's courtyard represents a different possible outcome for Lisa's life. Miss Torso is a young, beautiful single woman, like Lisa, but she is not in love with any of her wealthy admirers. Miss Lonelyhearts is single, desperate, and terribly lonely, which is how Lisa sees her life turning out if Jeff does not marry her. There is a sense of desperation around the woman with the hearing aid, as well, who divides her time between sleeping on her lawn chair and creating sculptures. The sculpture that she calls "Hunger" resembles a human torso with a giant hole in the middle of it, right where the heart should be.

What is the central message of Rear Window on the topic of voyeurism?

Even though Jeff turns out to be right that Thorwald is a murderer, his discovery leads to punishment instead of triumph; he ends up stuck in his...

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