THE GODFATHER AND THE AMERICAN DREAM

Goksu Gigi Akkan

Abstract


This paper tries to demonstrate how The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola challenges the myth of the American Dream. The thesis of the paper is that The Godfather is not a film seeking to re-establish American norms and ideals, but that it tries to break down and shed light on the corrupt side of the modern American society through the myth of “the American Dream”. The structure of the paper is so that first, what other academics and critiques have to say about Coppola’s attempt to criticize the American society and ideals will be visited, as this will give the reader a clearer understanding of the film’s meaning and message. Then, analyses of how certain characters are built and how their presence and attributes contribute to the film’s meaning will be conducted, topped off with the usage of props.


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film studies, the godfather, the godfather trilogy, francis ford coppola, gangster film, 1970s cinema, minorities in film, ethnic groups in film, american dream,

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17349/jmc117102

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