The script written for Citizen Kane picks up the clock, very near the end. Kane’s “Rosebud” death scene leads to the investigation of what the word, “Rosebud” meant, which leads to a linear structure within the story line. Following the glorious rise and fall of Kane’s life , the entire film is basically told in one long flashback. The search for the meaning, Rosebud doesn’t come full-circle until the final image of the sled in the fire. The clock once again appears striking midnight and the narrative goes full-circle. The story is told in series of story lines that are all linear in terms of scene narration, but all of these same story lines are ultimately set in a non-linear structure. These idea leads me to believe that the argument for whether or not Citizen Kane has a classical narrative or a non-classical narrative (or both) becomes relevant to the fact that both narrative techniques are utilized for the story. There are many people that consider Kane to only be a ‘non-linear’ format, but what is rarely brought into discussion is that the overall narrative is told in a full-circle story structure. The same is true in acknowledging the fact that the non-linear writing techniques assist in achieving the success of the three-act structure, but both practiced of format are used to ultimately achieve the final result of an Academy Award winning script. Kane may also be said to be the first Hollywood film to revolutionize the technique of non-linear screenwriting. A craft that is utilized in many of todays Hollywood films such as Pulp Fiction, Memento and Jackie Brown which all duplicated the non-linear Citizen Kane screenwriting format. The best story narratives often start with the beginning of the ending.I think the non-linear approach can assist a writer in achieving this goal in terms of revealing theme. Kane’s opening and ending scene make for the ultimate reveal of the story’s motif. Had the film been told in a classical narrative format, Im not so sure the impact of theme (what is lost cannot be found) would have been conveyed to such a high degree as it was at the end of the story.