November 26, 2007

Reaching for the Stars and Landing on the Moon

"I'm the one who gets the raspberries!"
Susan Alexander Kane (Dorothy Comingore), Citizen Kane

Charles Foster Kane has trouble dealing with the truth - to the point that it almost destroys Susan. The scene that Susan exclaims, "I'm the one who gets the raspberries!" throws back to the lengthening of the breakfast table with Kane's first wife, Emily Monroe Norton Kane (Ruth Warrick).
Both women are expressing disgust with Kane and his schemes for grandeur, especially their own. Emily morns her displeasure at Bernstein being allowed in the nursery and ends up reading the Chronicle. Susan cries out more dramatically with a suicide attempt.
I don't think that Kane really intended his wives to 'get the raspberries,' but he was stuck in his own experience with his own 'raspberries' that he didn't pay much attention to other people's. Even when told about them, he could defer them off as not being as important as his own.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at November 26, 2007 10:59 AM | TrackBack

As time progressed, his attitude continuously became more and more of a "me first" attitude. He was the most important person in his life. He wanted everyone to think and want the same things that he wanted.

Posted by: Jennifer Prex at November 27, 2007 12:04 AM

Kane knew nothing but money. He thought money could solve all of his problems. But money doesn't meani everything. These women wanted to be loved, and Kane was not capable of loving because he didn't love himself. He felt he was not worthy of being loved: why else then, he must figure, did his parents send him away?

Posted by: Daniella Choynowski at November 27, 2007 12:17 PM
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