Speaks of Okonkwo of "Things fall apart" by Chinua Achebe, and Charles Foster Kane of Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane"

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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...