The Book That Changed Our Thinking
The Godfather by Mario Puzo has been around for over 40 years. Published in 1969, it introduced society to the world of the Italian immigrants in New York City. Everyone has read this book can relate to it since it was produced. In this review, we will look at how “The Godfather” effected our minds as Americans, what effects it had on American politics, and American ethics.
The Godfather was published during a rocky time in America’s history. Black power groups were increasing, people were starting to become more liberal with sex and drugs use, and the Vietnam War loomed in the background of every heart. Society was beginning to lose faith in the ...view middle of the document...
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A journey through this book also shows us where politics come into play. Becoming a part of the American Society, one has to forget about their own ethical values. Opportunity lies by overcoming your opponent. During this time, the book demonstrates its opponent being the State and church. “Our adoration of The Godfather figures into the recent absurd Mitch Daniels pitch, that "America is not a country of 'haves' and 'have-nots,' but a country of 'haves' and 'soon-to-haves.’” (The Godfather: "I Believe in America", n.d.)
The Godfather portrays the aging Don as an “emblematic of cold-war American power on the decline in a new world where our enemies play by unfamiliar rules, and how the don's heirs uncannily exemplify the three leading schools of American foreign policy today.” (Husman, n.d.) Throughout the book, law enforcement have undercover relationships with the Corleone family. We see this with the Don dispensing justice and during the wedding party, when the police documented the plate numbers of their guests.
After reading this book, its reader understands revenge in a deeper sense. The author does a good of introducing the Corleones and their purpose. What we witness is the...