The Godfather Analysis Essay

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Characters:
Vito(protagonist):
The Godfather presents Vito as the paradigmatic Mafia don. He is wise and intelligent, an excellent reader of others’ intentions, and a smooth, subtle talker, able to convince with words, not only bullets. Though a ruthless, violent criminal, Vito is also a warm, loving father and husband. In his later years, Vito comes across as relaxed and playful, even mellow. He has lived a rich, full life and earned a quiet retirement. Vito is both the perfect father and the perfect Godfather, making him a difficult model for all of his children, especially Michael, to imitate
Head of families:
The antagonist is Don Barzinni and the other Three Families in their desire to introduce drug trade. The hit on Vito
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Climax
The climax of the Godfather is the murder of the heads of the five families during the baptism of Connie’s son.

Setting
Most of the action takes place in Don Corleone’s home in the New York metropolitan region and Las Vegas Nevada in Mo Green’s Hotel/Casino. A scene also takes place at Walt’s home in Los Angela’s, California. The scenes in Italy take place primarily in Sicily.
Criticism: http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/criticalecologies/badabing
The Godfather and American Culture: How the Corleones Became "Our Gang
The Godfather and American Culture: How the Corleones Became "Our Gang
Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.
A blurb by Frank Lentricchia on the back of Chris Messenger's book calls it "a landmark in the study of popular culture." Most readers recognize academic hype and know that even the most cautious of scholars will risk indiscretion on a book jacket. But in this case the hyperbolic claim may be understated. Messenger's book is a phenomenon. I am at a loss to think what manifestation of The Godfather narratives (book, film trilogy, related movies, television programming), or what aspect of authoring, filming, marketing, or what theoretical perspective or intellectual framework Messenger overlooks in this comprehensive, intelligent, and definitive study of what is surely the twentieth century's most telling fable of the complex intersections of work and family in American
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