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Mario Puzo

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the-godfather-mario-puzoSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Godfather Legacy by Harlan Lego, The Guardian, New York Times Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.CounselorMarriedFamilyMichael Corleone, Book 7, Chapter 27’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.As a child, Puzo obeyed his poor Italian immigrant parents by staying away from the gangs who lived in his New York City neighborhood. After publishing The Godfather, gangsters were surprised that Puzo relied on research—not firsthand experience as a criminal—to detail the novel with such accuracy.MARIO PUZO1920–99AuthorSymbolsDon Vito CorleonePowerful head of the Corleone Mafia familyMichael CorleoneYoungest son; intelligent, manipulative Mafia leaderSonny CorleoneEldest son; hot-tempered leader in a gang war Human Beauty & UglinessSymbolizes the facade that hides the true ugliness of the Mafia BaptismSymbolizes Michael Corleones initiation into the Mafia Tom Hagen Intelligent, loyal counselor for the CorleonesKay AdamsDevoted wife to Michael; intelligent but compliantBusiness vs. Personal MattersPersonal revenge motivates the business dealings of the Corleones.DoorsRepresent the transition from normalcy to a world of crime Power & GreedGreed and the desire for power motivate the Godfather and other Mafia dons. Patriarchal FamiliesLike other Mafia families, the Corleones are dominated by a male head of the family. ThemesThe Godfatherby the NumbersCopies of the novel sold worldwideWeeks the novel stayedon the New York TimesBest Seller listOscars won by the 1973 film adaption of The Godfather, starring Marlon Brando as Don Vito CorleoneYear mobster Frank Costello was born, the inspiration for the character of Don Vito Corleone 1891~21M673Spanning over a decade in the 1940s and 1950s, The Godfather tells the story of the Corleone family and its involvement in the New York underworld. Headed by the powerful Don Vito Corleone, the family is threatened by rival Mafia families. The Dons son, Michael, emerges as a strong leader who tries to protect his family at any cost.Caught in a Web of CrimeMAIN CHARACTERSEnglishOriginal Language1969Year PublishedMario PuzoAuthorThe GodfatherNovelDrama

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