Rear Window (Consequences of Knowing)

By listening to the dialogue from the film, Rear Window, it is clear that the director, Alfred Hitchcock wants the audience to take notice of how the power of being the owner of the patriarchal gaze as opposed to being a woman that is surveilled comes at the cost of knowing the evils it it has done and is capable of. For example, the character Stella says “Intelligence, nothing has caused the human race more trouble than so much trouble as seeing and reading.” This piece of dialogue is communicating to the audience that too much knowledge stifles a man’s ability to be happy because seeing causes introspection which forces heteropatriarchal thought to question its morals and logic.

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