There are many influences in our lives that will have a great impact on our successes and our failures. Depending on what environment we are born into and the immediate people surrounding us, who are responsible for our outlook on life, our destiny is already decided.
When comparing the characters of Charlotte Vale and Norman Bates the influences in their lives by their mothers has devastating effects on both characters, both suffer from a mental illness. Charlotte Vale suffers from near-crippling depression and Norman Bates from schizophrenia.
Charlotte's depression with the help of a psychiatrist, Dr Jasquith, is treated in a sanitarium in Vermont. Here Charlotte faces her demons, her lack of self-confidence, loneliness and shame at her appearance. She searches for love and independence that she is unable to find at her home due to her overbearing mother.
To combat the pain Charlotte immerses into her unconscious mind and recalls a time when she is beautiful and in love while travelling with her mother on the open sea. But then reality comes back and her conscious mind brings back the demons. After a number of weeks Charlotte improves and by the end of her stay at the sanitarium has found new str