Analysis Of The Book ' Citizen Kane ' And Existential Nihilism

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Losing What He Never Had;
Citizen Kane and Existential Nihilism

Joseph Lyons In George Orwell’s Citizen Kane, the audience is brought to consider the life of Charles Foster Kane. By examining the flashpoint events of his life through several people’s retold memories, the movie shows that the titular Kane is unable to see, till the very end, how empty his life was. When the epiphany of his own shallowness finally occurs, it is at the very end. Charles Foster Kane constantly sought either power for himself or to distract himself from the purposelessness of his life. Kane’s predicament is partially described by Blaise Pascal’s in Pensées: “I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber. A man who has enough to live on, if he knew how to stay with pleasure at home, would not leave it to go to sea or to besiege a town… Whatever condition we picture to ourselves, if we muster all the good things which it is possible to possess, royalty is the finest position in the world. Yet, when we imagine a king attended with every pleasure he can feel, if he be without diversion, and be left to consider and reflect on what he is, this feeble happiness will not sustain him; he will necessarily fall into forebodings of dangers, of revolutions which may happen, and, finally, of death and inevitable disease; so that if he be without what is called diversion, he is unhappy, and more…

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