Hitchcock: Objects–Keys

In many of Hitchcock’s films, there’s a symbolic value of ordinary objects and body parts, especially hands and eyes:

Eye (Eyes)

Eyeglasses

Flowers

Hand

Keys

Lamps (especially night lamps)

Portraits

Staircases

Statues

Swords

Keys:

Keys feature prominently in Hitchcock’s movies, in both literal and figurative ways.

Keys often represent control over a situation, a person, or a house, and so on.

Movies (in alphabetical order)

Dial M. For Murder

Notorious

Rebecca

Stranger on a Train

Under Capricorn:

When Lady Henrietta is given the keys to the household, it signals  her return to strength.