in our reading of robin wood essay of strangers on a train wood points out the odd relationship between Bruno and his mother, this relationship has many oedipal traits . and throughout the rest of the right up we have it made clear that Bruno issues with every other female. though this is not woods intent it was made clear to me that this was a projection of Hitchcock own mother issues. i do not see the ” his professed admiration for guy is balanced by guys increasing if reluctant and in part ironical amused admiration for him”( Wood, Hitchcock reader,p.173) as anything more tan a MacGuffin or red haring, an exaggerated reaction to meeting an idol nothing more. the real issue being the relationship between Bruno and th women in his life . a similar them will be repeated in the film psycho .