Many of Alfred Hitchcock’s films are about subconscious desires. Frequently, there is a tension between a character’s subconscious desires and their conscious behavior. This is the case with Hitchcock’s 1951 film Strangers on a Train. It is one of the most interesting displays of subconscious desires because it takes the form of homosexuality, which is frequently depicted in Hitchcock’s films and is laced with murderous intent.

Hitchcock’s films often associate homosexuality with violence and crime. Homosexual characters, such as Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca, Brandon and Phillip in Rope, and Bruno in Strangers on a Train, are usually antagonistic. In both Strangers on Train and Rope, Goldberg notes, “the enunciation of a Nietzschean perspective is the credo of those who break with social convention; sexual nonconformists are in the forefront of this elite” (Goldberg 40).   It is evident that Hitchcock found the relationship between sexuality and antisocial…

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