Sunday, September 26, 2010

"I don't think there's one word that can describe a mans life. "

Charles Foster Kane is a wealthy and powerful man in the society at that time. Kane died alone in his bed while holding a snow globe and muttering the word "Rosebud." It was a mystery to everybody. After his death, a reporter tries to extract information about what Kane says from Kane's friends and lovers. Each person tells the reporter a detailed part of Kane's life, but nobody mentions what is Rosebud - what the reporter is trying to discover. In the end, rosebud remains a mystery to everyone.

Everybody in the discourse community of those who thinks this is a great movie has one thing in common: They like the drama genre, the way Kane's life is narrated and the twist of the plot. The reporter finds out about Kane's story through Kane's friends and lovers, and each of them offer a piece of his ambitious and selfish life. Each piece was a notable insight that allows the audience to discover a new thing about Kane, such as his thirst for power, his selfishness and his affair. This subtle way of telling a story makes some people fascinated with it. Another aspect of the movie that appears to be attractive to the few of the audience was the twist in the plot. This twist, even though fails to impress everybody, is remarkable to some. It was Rosebud, the name of the sled that Kane owned when he was a child. Throughout the whole movie, the audience seems to forget totally about the sled that Kane was playing with in the snow. Actually, in his life, Kane was happiest when he played with the Rosebud sled, and that is what he remembers when his second wife and his power left him. After all, when good things are gone, people often look back and recall good memories. Rosebud is the best memory he has. This is true to everybody. Some people see themselves in the portrayal of Kane and that is why they love the movie so much.

4 comments:

  1. Good job Duong! I like your analysis of the discourse community saying Citizen Kane is the greatest movie of all time. That is so true about the fascination of the twist ending. I like how you connected the movie with the average person and why they would like it.

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  2. You had great insight and understood every aspect of the movie greatly. Some people may deny it, but we all have a childhood memory we will never forget, no matter what.

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  3. I agree with Nicole and Jamaal, Duong. Your analysis of the plot of the key to the films status is excellent!

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  4. Wow this is really encouraging! Thanks a lot guys! =D

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