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Citizen Kane: Lost Childhood Essay

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KANE'S LOST CHILDHOODCitizen Kane is one of the most famous movies ever made. The movie tells thestory of a child who inherited a fortune and was then taken away from hissurroundings and his parents to be raised by a banker by the name of Mr. Thatcher.Kane becomes a very wealthy newspaper tycoon who holds on to material things tomake up for his loss of a childhood and lack of love from his mother. Kane mayhave been a success as a publisher, but was a failure at life. The movie is mostly toldin flashbacks as police investigators track down people who knew Kane and try tofind out the meaning of his final word.The movie opens up with the scene of a mansion, his mansion, Xanadu. This isthe enormous estate, off the coast of Florida, that Charles Foster Kane, one of theworld's wealthiest and most powerful men, who dies whispering the word"Rosebud", built and filled with a large private zoo of exotic animals, a lake, a golfcourse, and a tremendous amount of statues and art. It was like one big giantplayground, every child's dream. It was as if he was trying to hold on to hischildhood. He did many other things all throughout his lifetime that portrayed howhe grasped on to his childhood. Kane used money to buy things he never had as achild, such as Xanadu and all of it's pristine objects. He decided to run a newspaperbecause he thought "it would be fun". To say that is almost childlike and doesn'tsound like a very mature thought process. This also demonstrates how he missed thefun times before he was taken away from his mother.In the beginning of the movie you see Kane, as a young child, being taken awayfrom his parents. His mother is shown signing over the deed to the house to thewealthy Mr. Thatcher. This scene is about two minutes long, and throughout theentire scene, Kane is clearly seen in the background playing in the snow. His playfulvoice can be heard through the window into the room where his mother is signinghim away to Thatcher. The scene ends with his mother closing the window,signaling both an end to his childhood and life with his parents.Kane's best friend, Leland, tells him that he always needs to persuade people intothinking that he loves them so they will love him back, but it is always on his terms.This is because he never really knew what love was. Even hissecond wife, Susan tells him he never really loved anyone, even her, and that he onlywants everyone to love him because this is something he neverhad as a child. Kane does this mostly by using his money to buy things. Like theOpera House he buys for Susan because she wants to be an opera singer. Kane reallydoesn't know how to love anyone but we do see a time when he...

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