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Mario Puzo

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The Godfather | Book 1, Chapter 7 | Summary



In Book 1, Chapter 7 of The Godfather Luca Brasi attempts to learn more about Virgil Sollozzo and the Tattaglias for the Don, and he lies about being dissatisfied working for the Corleones. Bruno Tattaglia offers Brasi a job as an enforcer for his family. Brasi pretends to be swayed, but says he will never betray the Godfather, Don Vito Corleone. Bruno assures Brasi that he will not be expected to do anything against the Don. Two months pass without any word from the Tattaglias or Sollozzo. Brasi tells the Don that Sollozzo seems to have taken his defeat graciously. Then one night at the Tattaglia's nightclub, Bruno tells Brasi that a friend wants to meet him. They arrange for Brasi to come back to the nightclub at four in the morning. When Brasi returns to the club, he meets with Sollozzo. The two talk about Brasi getting involved in the narcotics racket and making a lot of money. Suddenly, Bruno grabs one of Brasi's arms and Sollozzo grabs the other. As they hold Brasi down, a man puts a wire around Brasi's throat and strangles him to death.


In Book 1, Chapter 7, Puzo presents a type of game of loyalty and treachery between Brasi and Bruno Tattaglia, which ends with Brasi being killed. This charade is based on the fact that in the Mafia people lured by power and greed often change allegiances to get a better deal. The Don, Brasi, Bruno, and Sollozzo all realize this. So, the Don tells Brasi to fake being treacherous. Brasi pretends to be dissatisfied with the Corleones to learn more about Sollozo and the Tattaglias and whether they plan to attack the Don. Meanwhile, Sollozzo and Bruno pretend to believe Brasi's loyalty to them by offering to hire him as an enforcer. However, they really want to kill Brasi to weaken the Don's strength. So in this chapter, the author emphasizes how Mafia members can get embroiled in an elaborate gamesmanship, in which participants can never be sure who is being loyal and who is being treacherous. Aware of the potential for treachery, Brasi goes around like a walking fortress, wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a gun. However, he remains vulnerable in an area he failed to protect, his neck. Later the Don shows how his brilliance at playing this game of loyalty and treachery helps the Corleones to defeat the Tattaglias and others.

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