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The portrayal of the independent self through the protagonist Charles Kane in Citizen Kane is no doubt effective It is a prismatic movie concerning the life of a famous American seen from different points of view and shows a man who is inclined towards independence Citizen Kane is a film predominantly about a man whose past becomes manifested in his present and future He is tragically torn from his parents as a child and this separation leads to his inability to love or be loved as an adult He develops into an arrogant and egotistic character whose desire for love power and success forces him to become independent and he dies a failure as a private man The form of the film - a newsreel followed by the investigation into Kanes life through interviews with five people who knew him - makes a very effective portrayal of an independent man who is a failure as a private figure The newsreel focuses on his public life and shows how he strove for independence and what he achieved The interviews on the other hand focus on his private life and show the consequences of this independence on the inner man Through the newsreel we learn how Kane sacrifices himself to power and success Greatest newspaper tycoon of this or any other generation He becomes a successful public figure and a household name The magnitude of his achievements is huge But with all this success also comes the want as well as the need for him to be independent to show that he can achieve anything he wants without anyone else Consequently the success in his material life goes hand in hand with the failure in his spiritual and emotional lives It is important to note that all through the film there is a strong sense that everything is occurring on sets as indeed it was This strong feeling of artificiality is quite appropriate
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