Loyalty In The Godfather By Mario Puzo

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Loyalty is not a word, it is a lifestyle. This is shown time and again by the characters in The Godfather by Mario Puzo.

The Godfather is a crime novel written by Mario Puzo and was first published in 1969 and later inspired a film of the same name in 1972, sequels to which were made in 1974 and 1990. The story of The Godfather follows a mafia family in New York over the span of a decade. The family in the novel is a criminal organization having national influences, headed by Vito Corleone, also known as The Don or The Godfather, same as the title.

Loyalty is depicted by the characters in various instances in the story. Right at the beginning, we see a friend, Amerigo Bonasera turn to Vito Corleone or Don for help with his
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He never made empty promises or state the excuse that his hands were tied by someone more powerful than him. Even if someone was not his friend or had no means to pay him, it did not matter. The only thing that mattered was that the person proclaimed their friendship and loyalty to him. Then no matter how poor or powerless they were, Don Corleone always took their problems to heart and would let nothing stand in the way of a solution to the problem. The only thing he asked in return was friendship, loyalty, and the respectful title of ‘Don’ or “Godfather’ and sometimes, out of honor and not profit, some humble gift such as wine or bread specially baked to grace his Christmas table. It was only good manners to proclaim that someone was in his debt and that he had the right to call upon them at any time to redeem their debt to him by some small

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