Citizen Kane Ethos Analysis

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Orson Welles 1941 film, Citizen Kane, depicts the American dream through the protagonist Charles Foster Kane. In the film, Orson Welles relies heavily on his understanding of the audience by using pathos and ethos in order to convince them of his purpose for writing the film. The appeal to pathos convinces the viewer as to how depressing Charles Foster Kane's life is even with all his fame and fortune. The use of pathos is apparent in the scene where Jedediah Leland says, "That's all he ever wanted out of life...was love. That's the tragedy of Charles Foster Kane. You see, he just didn't have any to give." The quote is a great representation of Orson Welles appeal to pathos because it shows another character's accurate description
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