Puzo's first two novels had not sold well, and he was almost penniless. A young, up and coming author, Puzo sought to write his version of the great American novel that would also work well on the silver screen.
The book is suited to enthrall the read by its story of power, fight and flight. Analyzing the text from a feminist perspective one notices the demarcation between the sexes created by the author.
The women characters of the book are subjugated to violence, economic dependency, oppression and inequality. Men are socialized into exploitative relationships in relation to work and they carry this socialization over into the home and their relationship to women.
Perhaps the most significant is the character of Connie Corleone who marries Carlo Rizi. After her wedding she is dominated to the fullest by her husband. She becomes economically dependent on her husband especially after her wedding night when he snatches her money away and uses physical violence to oppress her because she refused to give away the money she received at the wedding.
He starts treating Connie as his private property and curbs her economic mobility. Turning to the character of Mama Corleone, wife of Don Vito Corleone, she is not subjected to any kind of oppression or violence, but is silently a victim of discrimination.
Despite being the wife of the head of the family, in time of need, the decision is not taken by her, but by her eldest son. She and her daughter, Connie is examples of women who work without pay. The work associated in this context is domestic labor. Michael proposes Kay to marry him but not without terms and conditions.
Not an equal partner. Marxism is very well framed out in the book and the explanation above about economic dependency, discrimination to inequality of the characters supports the fact. It is a social and ideological construct which considers men who are the patriarchs as superior to women.
The dominating figure throughout the novel is Don Vito Corleone. The Corleone family is also a patrilineal family which means that after the death of the head of the family, in this case, Don Vito Corleone, the property and title are inherited by the eldest son of the family. Patriarchy is also used for subordination of women, curbing their mobility, sexuality and reproduction.
Applying the different concepts of patriarchy we can exemplify situations from the book which fall under its context Family: Daginawalla 4 Patriarchy generates within a family when the eldest man of the house takes on the role of head of the family and sets rules of code of conduct for the members of the family.
The head of the family also has the authority to make decisions for the women in the family, regarding their behavior, mobility, education etc. He knows his duties. Property and other productive resources are usually passed on from one generation of men to the other, mostly father to son.
Mama Corleone has no claim over the property or business or decision making power despite being the eldest in the family.
Being a part of the patrilineal family her right to claim over anything is naturally suspended. His daughter was beaten up by two young men after she refused any sexual invitations from them.
It aims for a radical reordering of the society. She proves not to be a one woman man and sleeps with as many men as she wishes too.
Here the rules of patriarchy are reversed not only because the woman is more dominating than the man, but also because at this point in the book Johnny Fontane is jobless and his wife is flourishing in the film industry.
It challenges the Marxist convention of oppression of a woman because of her economic dependency, inequality and domestic oppression Daginawalla 6.
Gender is the socio cultural definition of masculinity and femininity, whereas Gendering is the process of conditioning or socializing an individual into their gender specific roles. Don Vito Corleone, Sonny Corleone and Michael Corleone are placed in their gender roles of being powerful and dominating men perfectly.
However, Freddie Corleone falls weak to his knees when he sees his father getting shot and takes weeks to recover from the trauma.Michael's power (both intellectually, personally, and professionally) over his older brother will continue to plague their relationship over the course of The Godfather, Part II, and ultimately becomes a key factor in Michael's moral unraveling.
Analysis of ‘The Godfather’ Mawr Gorshin capitalism, communism, film analysis, literature analysis, politics March 26, March 25, 18 Minutes The Godfather is a trilogy of films by Francis Ford Coppola, written by him and Mario Puzo, based on Puzo’s novel.
The Godfather is a series of three films about a fictional Mafia crime family, the Corleone Family. The first movie came out in , and was based upon Mario Puzo's novel of the same name.
It was followed by The Godfather Part II in and The Godfather Part III in Francis Ford Coppola. The Godfather (Mario Puzo's Mafia), Mario Puzo The Godfather is a crime novel written by American author Mario Puzo. Originally published in by G.
P. Putnam's Sons, the novel details the story of a fictional Mafia family based in New York City (and Long Beach, New York), headed by Vito Corleone. Framed around a period of transition for the Corleones – the most revered mafia family in America – the novel opens at the wedding of Don Vito Corleone’s daughter, Connie.
Don Corleone – the godfather – is a man of tradition, of family values. Daginawalla 1 Zainab Daginawalla Professor Vidya Premkumar Literature and Gender Studies 17 July Gender Roles In The Godfather The Godfather, by Mario Puzo, is a tale about the American Mafia family, the Corleones, the oldest and most powerful clan in New York.