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A Comparison of the the Final Images of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Citizen Kane" and of the Final Images of "Apocalypse Now" and "Wuthering Heights"
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Often the most meaningful and revealing statement in a text tends to be its final statement either concluding the entire story or simply closing the narrative The same can be said of a films final image which can leave the audience suspicious of the films ending questioning whether the story has come to a complete conclusion or if the narrative has paused for a while leaving room for a sequel I plan to examine the parting sentence of two texts Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights and Robert Louis Stevensons The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in comparison with the final image of two films Francis Ford Coppalas Apocalypse Now and Orson Welles Citizen Kane My intention is to discover the verbal and visual ways in which a narrative closure is achieved and if the narrative has truly come to an end or if it has simply finished for the time being The final statement in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde perfectly coincides with the final image in Citizen Kane The statement is as follows Here then as I lay down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end In Citizen Kanes final shot a reversal of the films opening images a dissolve shows the exterior of the Kanes palatial mansion at dusk panning up with the black smoke of his burning possessions pouring from the chimney of his palace and filling the sky The smoke of Kanes youth his sled disappears into the night sky The camera pans down the chain-link fence where the sign No Trespassing is visible again as it was at the films start The film fades out on the K of the crest of the Kane estate The films shot of a No Trespassing sign symbolizes the fact that Kane was a man of solitude and grief which is represented in the
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