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             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 world of .
             corruption, money, power, and materialism. Charles Foster Kane accepts the fact that he .
             is going to be living in this world by accepting the sled he gets from Thatcher for .
             Christmas. The sled symbolizes a new life being handed to him. .
             .
             .
             When Kane gets older, he takes over the Inquirer, a newspaper company. When .
             he enters his office for the first time, everyone stands up and surrounds him as if they are .
             praising him. This is shot at a low angle shot as if to say that the audience is suppose to .
             praise him or stand up for him like his colleagues. This makes him look like man with .
             power. He then takes Mr. Carter’s office and makes it his own by taking all of Mr.


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