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Like that shining window in the distance Rosebud becomes the elusive focal point for a newsreel reporters investigation into the life and times of Citizen Kane an exploration that provides the plot framework for the movie And like those shifting sometimes inverted initial images each person reporter Thompson William Alland interviews provides a different perspective a contrasting image of the same man Charles Foster Kane Rosebud serves as a very important motivation in the film It creates Thompsons goal and focuses our attention on his delving into the life of Kane Rosebud clues provide the basic motivation necessary for the plot to progress Thompson searches for the meaning of Rosebud As Thompson says near the end of the movie Perhaps Rosebud was something he couldnt get or something he lost Anyway it wouldnt have explained anything I dont think any word can explain a mans life No I guess Rosebud is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle It is possible that identifying the meaning of puzzle of Rosebud solves the mystery of Charles Foster Kanes life All parts of the great jigsaw puzzle that is his American Life The mystery of Rosebud- combined with the mastery of Orson Welles and his collaboratorsdraws the audiences focus back to Kane again and again The sled itself is not the answerThompson explains what Rosebud is but not what Rosebud means The films construction shows how our lives after we are gone survive only in the memories of the living In the viewers mind there is the Kane who made shadow figures with his fingers and the Kane who hated the traction trust the Kane who chose his mistress over his marriage and political career the Kane who entertained millions the Kane who died alone There is a parallel between the two major lines of action Kanes life and Thompsons search Rosebud is a summary of the things Kane strives for through his life His inability to
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