Okonkwo, the main character of Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. And
Charles Foster Kane of Orson Welles Citizen Kane, both have value systems that
are incongruous with their cultures. Thus allowing them to be defeated by
society. These are two men with a great need for recognition. Their need for
something that was extinguished long ago. Okonkwos struggle to prove his
greatness in the face of those who knew his father. Charles Foster Kane's void
that must be filled. The relentless pursuit of respect, power. Okonkwo must
conquer the image of weakness inside him and his fear of powerlessness. Both
characters feel that their material possessions can earn them the respect they
"deserve". Charles Foster Kane is in search for something more simple than
respect, he seeks his life. The path that should have been followed was
dramatically altered, and his life took a completely new direction. " I could
have been a great man" he explains, if he only had the chance. The pride of
these men who have no faults in their own minds, but struggle to erase the
faults they know others can find. This essay will convey the value systems of
each character in their culture and the cinematic and literary techniques used
to magnify their presence in the works.
Charles foster Kane was a child that was very fond of his mother, as seen
in the first scene of the young characters life. Charles' father did not seem to
have any attachment to his son. Appearing quite ignorant, we can detect the lack
of a father figure in Charles' life. This first scene is recounted in the
journal of Mr. Thatcher. The man that took the young boy away, and sent him to
live in schools around the world. For the rest of his academic life. In this
scene the protagonist receives a gift from Mr. Thatcher wishing him a merry
Christmas. And cuts directly to a happy new year, some ten years later.
Suggesting conveniently, the lack of a meaningful childhood. This editing... [continues]
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