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Citizen Kane is the story of failure brought about by success The protagonist Charles Foster Kanes success as a public figure is what leads to his failure as a private one He becomes an individual who simply cannot maintain any private relationships He ends up a lonely figure whose story evokes pity As a child Kane lives a happy life with his parents We see him playing joyfully in the snow Unfortunately for him a defaulted boarder gives his mother a fortune and this potentially enormous wealth is given to Kane This is the first success in his life and his resistance to leave foreshadows the bad consequences of this money Even though this wealth had been attained by mere luck it leads him to all his other successes in life In turn his success leads to his failure However this failure is predominantly an emotional one Greatest newspaper tycoon of this or any other generation This is what Kane becomes A successful public figure and a household name The magnitude of his achievements is huge His empire consists of thirty-seven newspapers thirteen magazines and a radio station He marries the presidents niece and this is yet another success His ambition for his newspaper to be the best in the world comes true He also builds himself a paradisal estate - Xanadu a world of his own All of these are examples of the success Kane achieves publicly He is indeed a success in the material world and becomes a very influential person However the success in his material life is what brings his failure in his spiritual and emotional lives Due to his wealth he becomes an arrogant and egotistic human being A person for whom real emotion seems impossible He loses the ability to love or be loved and he can not maintain any private relationships Kane becomes a man who is inevitably on his way to a spiritual
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