citizen Kane

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Citizen Kane has many themes. Some of these themes include corruption of

power, corruption of money, greed, materialism, need for love, abandonment, ambiguity

of Kane's self, stolen childhood, and lost innocence. Orson Welles is able to bring out

these themes through use of extreme low angle/high angle shots, transitions from one

scene to the next, lighting techniques, symbolism, such as the snow globe, etc.

Two themes that are important in this movie are corruption of power and lost

childhood. The theme of Kane's corruption of power helps develop another theme, that

is, Kane's lost childhood. Throughout the movie, Thompson, a reporter, is trying to find

out what "rosebud  means. "Rosebud  is what Kane says right before his death. He

thinks by finding this out, it will reveal the missing piece of Kane's life. Unfortunately,

he is unable to find out and the movie ends without an answer to what "rosebud,  the

missing piece in Kane's life, is.

The first theme is developed when young Charles Foster Kane is taken away from

his family by Thatcher, he has no idea the world he is about to enter is a w

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