Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rosebud? A flower? Not hardly...

Nicole McBride

English 111 1230PM
Mr. Villarreal

Charles Foster Kane is dead and the last thing he says is “Rosebud.” What does this mean? What or who is Rosebud? This is the never ending question throughout the whole movie. Kane was a wealthy man and pretty much had everything he wanted. So when he died, reporter Jerry Thompson was assigned to figure out the significance of his last spoken word. Jerry goes on to interview Kane’s wife Susan, his butler, his best friend Jedidiah Leland, the archives of his childhood guardian Walter Thatcher, and his manager Mr. Bernstein. Through what Jerry finds, we learn that Kane was a lonely man at the time of his death. Kane’s mother left him when he was young because she came into the ownership of a goldmine. He was never truly happy ever again than when he was young. Kane’s mother put him under the care of her banker Walter Thatcher. Kane grows up and becomes immensely successful in the newspaper business. Kane gets married, but then only messes up that marriage by having an affair with Susan who he later marries. Kane thought he and Susan were meant for each other, but then we learn that Kane just ends up controlling Susan and forces her what to do. Susan then leaves Kane. Kane is now an arrogant lonely man with nothing and dies. We learn that Rosebud was the name of his sled from his childhood – the only time in his life when he was truly happy.

Citizen Kane is considered to be the best movie of all time because of the advancement it did in the cinematic world. The people who say it is the greatest are in their own discourse community. That discourse community contains film critics, film historians, film makers, and anyone who appreciates film on a higher level than the average person. A teenager wouldn’t say Citizen Kane is the greatest movie of all time because they have probably seen multiple movies just like it. Citizen Kane created new ways of shooting and editing film. Ways that many would imitate from the time it was produced. No film ever had focused shots with multiple things going on in the background, that was Orson Welles and his crew who invented that. Also, Citizen Kane is praised for its context. The way the story was told was original and compelling and nothing like anyone had ever witnessed.


  1. All great points, here, Nicole. But I'm curious :-) What are the "multiple movies" a teenager would have seen that are just like it?

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  3. A very detailed summary indeed! Good job!

    Nonetheless, you are not absolutely right when you said "A teenager wouldn’t say Citizen Kane is the greatest movie of all time!" I am 20 alrd =D