The Accuracy of Drugs as
portrayed in the Godfather by Mario Puzo, as opposed to reality
Throughout history Writers have been writing fictional novels based on real
historical events. The Godfather by Mario Puzo is such a book in which Puzo
portrays Mafia life and business starting at the late 40’s. The Corleone crime
Family in this novel is shown having troubles with the other organized crime
syndicates concerning drugs. Many of the other families are pushing the idea
of joining the narcotics market, however the Corleones do not want to
intervene in such a disagreeable business. Much tension forms as mobster wars
starts within the syndicates and most favor drugs.
My purpose of this paper will be to analyze whether Mario Puzo the author of
The Godfather , represents an accurate portrayal of narcotics as a major part
of Mafia business.
As the demand for illegal narcotics rose in the United States, it was the
Mafia who would jump on it as they did all other illegal activities, such as
gambling operations, prostitution, extortion, and loan sharking. The whole
drawback to this was, from where could they get it. Depending on what it was,
it had to be found and brought in from over-seas. From Ecuador they could
obtain opium poppies with which to make heroin, and virtually unlimited supply
of coca leaves, with which to make cocaine from Bolivia and Peru. Plus their
smuggling routes and expertise were solidly established. Hence, the first drug
laboratories were established in Medellin, supposedly with Mafia money (Eddy
and Hugo, 45). The New York Mafia as well as other American crime...
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