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My reaction to the film was honestly just confused. I was not expecting the movie to end the way it did. Throughout the entire movie, I thought that rosebud was going to have a much deeper meaning than it did. I was overanalyzing what was going on and what he was missing in his life. Overall I only liked part of the movie. There were times when I thought it was really interesting and had me really wondering what it all meant. Other times I did not like the film at all. It got confusing when they would flashback to Kane’s earlier life because I wasn’t sure what exactly was going on. The biggest part that confused me was when they flashbacked to when Kane was a young child. At first, I didn’t realize that it was Kane as a little kid, so I didn’t know the point of showing the flashback. In the end, I realized how important that scene was because the sled he was riding was named Rosebud, and that was the last time he really felt love. I think the point of the movie is dumb. They should have made rosebud be something else. Having it be a sled was a very dumb symbol for love. Overall I was not a fan of the movie. During this time the American Dream meant that you had money and you were living well. Even though Charles had more money than most could imagine, he still was not happy. We were supposed to take away that even if you are living the “American Dream” you still may not be truly happy. The theme is that money can not give you love. No matter how much Charles Kane tried, he did not feel love. He tried to do everything in his power to be loved but he wasn’t. The last time he felt love was when he was a child. With all the money in the world, he still couldn’t buy love. The key figures in Kane’s life impacted his quest for happiness in many ways. Susan Alexander told Kane that he did not give her anything he just bought her things. Kane thought that if he bought things for the people in his life that it would make him feel love but it did not. The other characters in the film didn’t make him feel loved because the things he was doing did not make him a lovable person. He would buy people things hoping that would mean something but it did not, and he could not understand why. Kane cheating on his first wife and losing the election affected his quest for happiness as well. The happiest and most love he felt was when he was a child and did not have money so he was unable to use his money as a way to feel love. Kane let the wealth get to him and that got in the way of him finding genuine love.