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 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

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