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Essay heading: Analysis Of The Final Scenes Of Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious
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Again, the cup is zoomed in on after Alicia realizes she's being poisoned. Because the coffee is poisoned, the coffee itself becomes a metaphor for life and death, supported by the fact that the poisoner herself ours it, and the shots of the full and empty teacup. In this way, it also suggests Alicia's inability to escape her situation?whenever she drinks the coffee, she becomes trapped due to the poison in her cup?and the poison in her sham of a marriage...
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Sebastian's needlework. Mrs. Sebastian is constantly working on her needlepoint while Alicia is being poisoned. Hitchcock, in fact, goes out of his way to make sure that a shot of her `toiling at her work' is included several times. One cannot help but be reminded of Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities?with Madame Defarge knitting everyone's fate into her work...
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