Charles Foster Kane's Downfall

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Charles Foster Kane, publisher of the New York inquirer and numerous other papers, and one of the richest men in the world, influenced America’s thinking for half a century. However, Kane is flawed, self-serving, destructive opportunist, a classic tragic figure doomed to fall. Because he had lots of money, Kane believed he could buy anything including the friendship and love. Message is simple: success, power, riches cannot replace love and tranquility. Many people walked out on Kane’s life: first wife Emily, the best friend Leland, and second wife Susan. When Susan, the last one to walk out on Kane among whom matter the most to Kane, left him, Kane went very angry; he wasn’t the Kane American public used to like and follow. Therefore the American public turned its back on him. Nobody paid attention to his words anymore. Then Charles Foster Kane died alone. He was destroyed by a lust for power by too much ambition. Kane once told Thatcher years before money led to his downfall: “If I hadn’t been rich, I might have been a really great man.” Although, he was flawed and self-serving, Kane was a very strong man who had power to control American citizens’ thoughts and very wealthy to live in a giant house that looks like a castle with numerous servants, ridiculously expensive statues, and a private zoo. Even when he was a child, Kane was a strong…show more content…
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