Masculinity In The Film If It's Broken, Fix It

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If It’s Broken, Fix It. John “Scottie” Ferguson is the wounded soul that Alfred Hitchcock uses in Vertigo to disentangle ideas of masculinity. After the first scene in the film where Scottie sees a policeman fall to his death from a rooftop, he is left mentally scared, developing a fear of heights. Once his brassiere comes off, which is a feminine article holding him back, he immediately comes up with a plan to fix his Vertigo, but that is just the start, the movie eventually revolves around him trying to fix everything he can. It is a masculine ideology that man should be able to fix anything and that is why Scottie makes it his mission to “fix” Madeleine Elster, and then Judy Barton. Without even meeting Madeleine Elster, the supposedly…show more content…
Once somewhat recovered, by chance, Scottie sees the object he created walking down the street in the form of Judy Barton. This is when patriarchy appears in the movie. He is going to fix this new girl into his former love, whether she likes it or not. He dominates her in everyway, and somehow, in an example of almost stockholm syndrome, Judy falls in love with Scottie, and eventually stops trying to resist her recreation. In the beautiful scene where she steps out of the bathroom, and Scottie sees her for the first time lit up in the neo green light fully transformed, both characters share one moment of happiness, Judy because she finally pleases her love, and Scottie because he brought back an object of desire that had died. But naturally, it is short lived, and Scottie loses his fantasy for the second
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