Film Analysis Essay on Citizen Kane
For this assignment, you will be analyzing patterns in film form and narrative structure in
In conducting your analysis and writing your essay you must do ALL of the following things: (1) Below is a list of the major motifs used in the film. Pick ONE motif that you will
analyze in your essay:
(2) the Declaration of Principles written by Kane (3) Susan’s jig saw puzzles
(2) In analyzing this motif, you must discuss all three of the following things:
” whether the use of this motif in the film follows a pattern of similarity or a pattern of variation
” how it contributes to the characterization of one of the main characters in the film
” how it is used to communicate either implicit, explicit, or ideological meaning related to the film’s themes (note that for this last part you will need to also identify and analyze the film’s themes).
(3) Citizen Kane uses a narrative structure that alternates between scenes that take place in the present and flashbacks to scenes that take place in the past. It also makes use of multiple character narrators to narrate the flashbacks. Consider both of the following things and discuss them in your paper:
” how this narrative structure shapes the audiences’ understanding of the role that the motif you have chosen to analyze plays in the film’s plot and story
” how both the range and depth of narration affect how and when the audience learns about this motif, as well as any other story information vital to the film’s plot development (in doing this, you will need to both identify and discuss the range of narration and depth of narration used in the film) In conducting your analysis and writing your essay you must do ALL of the following things: (1) Below is a list of the major motifs used in the film.