The Godfather Analysis

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The Godfather is a crime novel written by Mario Puzo, it was originally published in 1969 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. It is a story of a fictional Sicilian Mafia family that was based in New York City and the head person of the mafia was Don Vito Corleone, who became closely related with the Italian Mafia. The novel covers the years from 1945 to 1955 and also provides the backstory of another main character Vito Corleone from early childhood to adulthood. This book has significantly introduced Italian (Mafia) criminal terms like consigliere, caporegime, Cosa Nostra, and omertà to an English audience. The Corleone family head leader is Vito Corleone, whose name is (Italian for "Lionheart") recalls the town of Corleone, Sicily. Vito has four children which is Sonny Corleone, Fredo Corleone, Michael Corleone, and Connie Corleone.
The Corleone family and the mob war they fight with the other mafia families in New York is the main issue in this whole story. After Don Vito Corleone is shot by men working for a drug dealer name Virgil Sollozzo, Corleone's two kids, Santino and Michael, have to run the famous family business with the help of consigliere Tom Hagen and the two caporegime Peter Clemenza and Salvatore Tessio. When Michael murders Sollozzo and Captain McCluskey, the Irish police officer on the drug lord's payroll caused many problems. The conflict escalates into a full on war which results in Santino's murder and Michael's rise to the top leader of the family business.

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