The Godfather | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Thomas J. Ferraro

This literature criticism consists of approximately 15 pages of analysis & critique of The Godfather.
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Critical Essay by Thomas J. Ferraro

SOURCE: "Blood in the Marketplace: The Business of Family in The Godfather Narratives," in Ethnic Passages: Literary Immigrants in Twentieth-Century America, University of Chicago Press, 1993, pp. 18-52.

In the following excerpt, Ferraro examines the "business of family" in The Godfather and the godfather figure as a cultural icon.

In his 1969 blockbuster The Godfather, Mario Puzo presented an image of the Mafia that has become commonplace in American popular culture. Since that time, we have taken for granted that the Mafia operates as a consortium of illegitimate businesses, structured along family lines, with a familial patriarch or "godfather" as the chief executive officer of each syndicate. Puzo's version of the Mafia fuses into one icon the realms of family and economy, of Southern Italian ethnicity and big-time American capitalism, of blood and the marketplace. &#x...

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