Citizen Kane Symbolism Essay

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Register to read the introduction… A major symbol of this theme is the snow globe. When Kane is dying he drops the snow globe that represents his childhood as a simple and peaceful place much like the life he lived with his parents as a child when he is playing with his sled. It also plays a role as a link between Susan and his mother because the first night that he meets Susan he sees the snow globe and mentions his mother. Susan is a peaceful woman in which Charles can rely on to escape from the reality of the hectic world he lives in but one day she will abandon him, just as his mother abandoned him as a child. The snow globe is the world that Kane wishes to live in, peaceful and …show more content…
Rosebud is significant because it represents his childhood before it was corrupted by power and money. There is a scene of Kane playing on that sled before he was taken away from his family, which demonstrates how much happier he was as an innocent child even though his family had very little money. The sled played a role as Kane’s childhood comfort blanket. When Kane is taken away from his home, he tries to resist Thatcher by hitting him in the stomach with it, which represents some sense of the sled acting as a shield to protect his innocence. The first word that we are introduced to in the opening scene of the movie when Kane is dyeing is the word “Rosebud”. It becomes a mystery for people to understand what he meant by this throughout the movie. Perhaps this is because the only people that were interviewed were only in his life after he became powerful and rich, but no one ever really knew him before the corruption of money and power. This leads to the theme of can you really know a …show more content…
This brings us back to the theme of power and money isolating a person. There were many camera techniques that were used to give us this feeling of isolation. When Kane’s mother and Thatcher plan to separate him from his home the camera isolates him in between them playing in the snow alone. Then there is a scene where Kane receives a gift from Thatcher and as he is opening it he is shot seated at the centre of the room alone being watched by men in suits. When he is an adult he is shot in isolation as well as he is sitting by himself in his newspaper office and Bernstein and Leland are talking about him. The discussion and the way this scene was shot illustrate Kane as an outcast. Eventually Leland leaves his life as well as the many other people that have left his life too. Throughout the whole film there are many shots of Kane being isolated from other people to indicate the loneliness of his life never having a lasting bond with anyone because of the corruption of

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