Citizen Kane: Film Analysis Essay

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Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, Americans have idealized the journey towards economic success. One thing people do not realize, however, is that that journey is not the same for every individual. For Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), the main character of Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles, the path towards riches and a fulfilled life is being well liked. He serves to please others. He strives for that attention. This view cost him his happiness in the end. In this man’s rise and fall through prosperity, Welles shows the futility of striving solely for likeability.

The movie starts out in Kane’s childhood home, before his life changed forever. His family is visited by a rich bank owner named Jerry Thompson (William
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Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, Americans have idealized the journey towards economic success. One thing people do not realize, however, is that that journey is not the same for every individual. For Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), the main character of Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles, the path towards riches and a fulfilled life is being well liked. He serves to please others. He strives for that attention. This view cost him his happiness in the end. In this man’s rise and fall through prosperity, Welles shows the futility of striving solely for likeability.

The movie starts out in Kane’s childhood home, before his life changed forever. His family is visited by a rich bank owner named Jerry Thompson (William Alland) who, for unknown reasons, wants Kane to grow up as his own. He ages, learning the trade of investing and owning businesses. He eventually becomes the owner of the New York Inquirer, an old newspaper company. It becomes his passion, the place where he spreads his influence and even lives.

He does fall in love and get married, though it does not last long. His wife accuses him of having an affair and leaves him. He eventually marries again to the woman he was seeing. By this time, Kane’s passion for honesty in his newspaper is fading. He hires from his competitors, makes up dramatic headlines, and betrays his friend. As one last desperate attempt to stake his influence, he had a grand palace built for him and his wife.

Once in this
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