Blog 22: Citizen Kane

I thought Citizen Kane is a very overrated movie. It wasn’t a bad movie but it wasn’t that interesting either. The whole plot was based around journalists trying to find out what “rosebud” meant. It was a little confusing to follow and his actions in the movie were “dumb”. Obviously for someone looking at the little things ,such as themes and meanings behind certain scenes, the movie had a lot more to it.

I feel the movie wanted to show/tell the audience that not the American Dream isn’t for everyone. That it doesn’t offer the happiness that is often promised to them. Many people think wealth, happiness, and family when the American Dream is mentioned. They don’t think of the hardships that are required to acquire those “things”.

Charles can’t find happiness because there isn’t much that can make him happy. Many people would be trilled to have the bank account of Kane, even if they had a house 1/10 the size of his, they’d be happy with it. Kane grew up with all those luxury things around him and he has never faced financial hardships. People who have faced those hardships were happy to come out of them. Getting a raise, or even a bonus, would have made any other person day. For Kane, he doesn’t have to worry about those things so it doesn’t affect him. Going back to the American Dream, Kane had the wealth but not the family, he loses his son and his wife. The American Dream was the definition of happiness for most people back then but missing the important family factor, it meant nothing. The main reason Charles Kane can’t be happy is because despite having everything, he has no family.

Kane was happy until he taken away from his family when he was young. If I’m being honest, they kinda sold him. A big key figure was his son. No man wants to see his son get taken away from him, that must’ve hit him harder than he showed. Another one was the singer, he was happy with her, or at least he showed to be happy with her. She provided him with happiness for a short while and he would’ve have done anything for her. His wife was a minor factor in my opinion. She kept him happy enough for the time they were together but he didn’t really seem to enjoying life with her, especially since he was with the singer.

 

Blog 21: The Love of a pretty Disillusioned Town

The theme of the first poem (The Love Song) was a little debatable. I believe it was,”If you truly love someone, you should express yourself to them.”. In modern words this translates to,”Shoot your shot”. Prufrock develops theme by first having the “main character” talking to no one in particular about how much he loves the girl. Then the he kind of stalks her because he isn’t “allowed” in the room and thinks over the consequences of what would happen if others knew he loved her. In the end he accepts that it will be a trap and Prufrock expertly shows this why the mention of sea-girls. Also known as mermaids who in Greek Mythology trapped sailors.

The theme of Disillusionment is difficult to get a grasp on but what I got is,”The most looked down upon people are the most interesting.”. The sailor is going to be looked down on by society due to him being a drunk and a sailor. From what I read, he can see ghosts which is pretty darn interesting. This poem develops theme by giving a great explanation about the sailor.

The theme of anyone lived in a pretty how town is kind of dark. “People will remember you when they need you but when you’re gone, they’ll forget about you.”. The poem sets this up by having “anyone” involved with people in the beginning of the poem and at the end it was stated “and more and more they dream their sleep.” This shows the people went on to doing their own thing after the couple died.

They’re all connected because they involve the lower class of society. The class that is kind of looked down upon.

The most applicable is The Love Song. It is kind of like a high-school drama but expanded into the real world. Most people don’t “shoot their shot” because of what society thinks of them and where they are placed on the “rank list”.

I liked The Love Song the most because I see scenarios like that almost everyday in high school and it’s fun to relate the two