Citizen Kane

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Citizen Kane Citizen Kane is a movie about the ‘American dream’ of power, money and materialistic possessions not being as desirable as one may believe, It is rather a false happiness when it corrupts the innocence of a child, and isolates a person into a miserable existence. Charles Foster Kane was a victim of this reality as his life story is told by the News March and by various people that were once a part of his life. The director, producer and main actor Orson Welles did a magnificent job portraying multiple different themes including the loss of innocence, power and money can corrupt and isolate a person, and can you really know a person. Welles uses significant symbols for clues to the theme of the loss of innocence. A major…show more content…
Then there is a scene where Kane receives a gift from Thatcher and as he is opening it he is shot seated at the centre of the room alone being watched by men in suits. When he is an adult he is shot in isolation as well as he is sitting by himself in his newspaper office and Bernstein and Leland are talking about him. The discussion and the way this scene was shot illustrate Kane as an outcast. Eventually Leland leaves his life as well as the many other people that have left his life too. Throughout the whole film there are many shots of Kane being isolated from other people to indicate the loneliness of his life never having a lasting bond with anyone because of the corruption of money. The statues that Charles Kane collects also indicate the loneliness of his life. He fills in the void of the lack of people in his life by surrounding himself by these statues. These figures are the only ones that are with him when he dies because he is able to control them since they are not living things. Kane has always been trying to control people but when his power to control people fades, the only feeling of power he has left is over these statues. He can place them wherever he wants to, and he can choose to look at them or ignore them. Either way they are his to own and control as opposed to the things he could not control such as his failure to his political career, Susan’s opera career, his mother’s

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