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Citizen Kane Essay

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"Charles Foster Kane- a whole collection of a jigsaw puzzle" In the course of Citizen Kane, Thomson attempts to define Charles Foster Kane by Kane's last word, Rosebud. Mr. Rawlston insists Thomson to search for the meaning of Rosebud presuming that it holds the key to understand Kane believing that "Maybe he told us all about himself on his deathbed." In series of interviews with Kane's close associates, however, Thomson realizes that a man cannot be understood by defining a single word but can be recognized by comprehending the intricate collection that comprises a man. This change of Thomson's belief in understanding Kane can be seen in Thomson's attitude in each interview. Each interview reveals different perspective of Kane, which constructs the collection of Kane's life. The essentiality of understanding a man in a sense of a whole collection is also discovered as each interviewees, and even Kane himself, fail to define Charles Foster Kane when they focus only on one aspect of Kane.Though not through an interview, the film exhibits Thatcher's negative perspective on Kane regarding materialistic aspect. Through the montages in the beginning of the film and Thomson's visit to the Thatcher library it is clearly shown that Thatcher was very detached from Kane and was always overly concerned about materialistic features. The relationship between Kane and Thatcher was very impersonal and cold. In the short scene of Christmas, the young Charles' face is full of dissatisfaction even though he was given ample gifts. The later scenes in the film further reveal the impersonal relationship between the two. Thatcher views Kane as a "scoundrel" who is irresponsible and inconsiderate, especially in business. Thatcher gets thoroughly upset that Kane would not run the "sixth biggest private company" that was given to him for his twenty-fifth birthday. Instead, Kane decides to take over the paper Inquirer commenting, "I think it's gonna be fun to run a newspaper." The dissatisfaction of Thatcher only increases when Kane shows his disinterest in money and materialistic aspect when Thatcher visited Kane while Inquirer was going downhill. Unhappy Thatcher enters the room and Kane introduces Thatcher, " This is my ex-guardian. He is one of our most devoted readers. He knows everything that's wrong about our paper," indicating the unhappiness of Thatcher about Kane running the newspaper. When Thatcher reminds Kane of the money loss, Kane shows his great indifference in his profit by saying, "I lost a million dollars first year, I lost a million dollars last year, I expect to lose a million dollars next year. With the rate of a million dollars a year, I will have to close in sixty years." After losing the Inquirer, Kane admits, "I always gagged on that silver spoon. If I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man," showing the great difference in perspectives between Thatcher and Kane, which even more remotes Kane from Thatcher. He further says a...

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