The Leadership of Michael Corleone
Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, is the main character in the Godfather movie trilogy. He is the youngest son of Vito Corleone, and brother of Sonny, Fredo, and Connie Corleone. In the first Godfather, Michael is introduced in his 20’s. He was enrolled in Dartmouth college, but to the chagrin of his family, he dropped out to join the Marines during WW II. He was awarded for his military service in the Pacific, and re-enlisted at Dartmouth. Michael did not want anything to do with his the Corleone family business. His father knew that he was destined for better things as well, and wanted him to go into politics. However, as his father got older and the mafia landscape evolved, Michael was forced to involve himself. After an attempted assassination on his father, Michael felt it was his duty to defend his father. In retaliation, Michael suggests that the people that tried to murder his father must be killed. He decides that he will be the one to avenge his father, and kills both men in a restaurant. Shortly after, Michael flees to Sicily for two years. While in Sicily, he got married to a woman named Appollonia. After he is married, he learns that his brother Sonny was killed back home. His wife was then killed by a car bomb which was intended for Michael. Since Sonny was murdered, Michael decides to return home to serve as the new heir apparent to the Corleone family.
When Michael returns home Michael vowed to turn the family’s business completely legal within the next few years. He marries his college sweetheart Kay, and they have two children over the next few years. As Michael’s father goes into retirement, he becomes the official head of the family. His first act of business was to purchase an ownership stake at a casino in Las Vegas, and moves his family to Nevada. He is informed that there will be an attempt on his life by a rival family. In retaliation, he orders the...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document