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Citizen Kane The classic 1941 film by Orson Wells Citizen Kane contained an unforgettable object Rosebud which was referred to throughout the film Rosebud was the last dying word of Charles Foster Kane a rich and powerful newspaper mogul While he lay on his deathbed in his mansion he gazed at a snow globe and uttered the word Rosebud Rosebud was a sled that Kane had when he was a child After his death a reporter is sent out to discover the meaning of Kanes last word which is believed to reveal the secrets to Kanes mysterious and complicated life The reporters assignment is to get in touch with all of Kanes friends and associates in order to find out the meaning behind the word Rosebud The film becomes centered on finding the meaning of Rosebud It becomes the only clue into a lonely old mans life Throughout the film Rosebud became the symbol of Kanes lost childhood When his second wife Susan leaves him the snow globe is the only thing he salvages after destroying her room in a rage It reminds him of that winter day when he was sledding in the snow before all was lost to him when his parents sent him away to be raised by a banker After Susan leaves him he realizes that he is alone and has lost everything again When Susan is living with him in the enormous mansion Xanadu she becomes obsessed with putting together jigsaw puzzles In the film Rosebud was referred to as a missing piece of the puzzle of Kanes life Her obsession with puzzles symbolized her frustration with trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle of Kanes life so she can understand and know her husband In the tent when Charles and Susan are arguing she says to him that he never gives her anything that means anything to him She is longing to know him
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