Citizen Kane Essay

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Jessica Gopiao Professor Munoz Writing About Film February 17, 2012 A Legacy: Charles Foster Kane Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is a 1941 American film that tells the story of a famous newspaper magnate named Charles Foster Kane through a nonlinear narrative structure featuring the perspectives of Walter Parks Thatcher, Kane’s legal guardian, Mr. Bernstein, his manager and best friend, Jedediah Leland, another one of his best friends, Susan Alexander, one of Kane’s lovers and the public. Due to the fact that none of these narrations are from Kane himself and some of the stories contradict each other, the audience would naturally wonder how accurate each of these narrations and descriptions of Kane are; however, it is important to note that after Kane passes away, these opinions of him lived on, thus making any and all biases irrelevant. His opinion of himself left the world the second he did. All that matters is how other people remember him. Therefore, out of all of these perspectives, none can be considered as “the most accurate” or “the least accurate” portrayal, but rather should be analyzed as a whole to provide a general description of the legacy that Charles Foster Kane left behind after his death. Charles Foster Kane was a mysterious and intelligent man teeming with narcissism who strived to be loved without having the ability to give love back. Through the newspaper articles featuring Charles Foster Kane, journal entries of Walter Parks Thatcher, the narrations of Mr. Bernstein, Jedediah Leland and Susan Alexander, and the motifs found in the film, the audience of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane was given the opportunity to see the legacy Charles Foster Kane left behind. Orson Welles effectively portrays Charles Foster Kane as a man who strived to be loved without having the ability to give love back by inviting the audience into the minds of Susan Alexander

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