Humanities Critique of Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane Critique
The character, Charles Foster Kane, was born into a humble and slightly deprived family.   A mine that was given to his parents happens to be very rich in gold and the family suddenly becomes wealthy.   Kane’s mother soon puts him into the hands of a New York banker by the name of Walter Thatcher in order to give him a life more in his favor.   Kane was raised in an extravagant manner but was still not fond of Mr. Thatcher.   When Kane is an adult he then takes control of the The Inquirer and thought that it would only be fun to run a newspaper.   He writes his Declaration of Principles stating that he will deliver the truth to his readers and to defend the people of the underclass.   However, Kane almost instantly gets caught up in being the most-read paper and publishes yellow journalism, going against his word.   He marries the President’s niece, Emily Norton, and aspires to become a politician himself until his affair with a young singer, Susan Alexander, ruins his marriage and his chances for Governor of New York.   Kane forces this new woman to perform opera against her liking and loses her partly because of this reason.   After Susan tries to commit suicide he relinquishes her from the performing duties and they retire to his mansion, Xanadu, in Florida.   Kane could not control his selfishness and ultimately dies in his mansion with meaningless possessions that were meant to make him feel accomplished.
Jedidiah Leland was a close friend of Kane’s and was the reporter for the The Inquirer.   Leland came from a family who had lost their money.   He met Kane in one of the colleges that the selfish millionaire was expelled from.   When Kane writes the Declaration of Principles, Leland wishes to keep the document out of admiration and the thought that someday that original paper would be worth something.   He maintained the ideals and morality that Kane himself loses over time. He and Kane disagreed on the stories that were being...