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The Godfather: A Study Of Vito Corleone And The Importance Of Public Speaking

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In Francis Ford Coppola's, "The Godfather", the epic tale revolves around the main character, Vito Corleone. Throughout the movie, the viewer recognizes Vito's great ability of speech and how he masters the art of negotiating. Throughout the movie, Vito demonstrates how he is articulate through the conversations he has with the many men who work for him, do business with him, and ask favors of him. It is ironic how his speech style is unusual for a man with a tremendous amount of power, yet it is extremely effective. His style acts as a great example to everyone involved in a management position working with subordinates as well as anyone working in sales or any other position where there is contact with potential business partners. In the following paper I intend to examine Vito's speech style. First, I will discuss a brief history of Vito Corleone's life to put his speaking into perspective. I then will discuss his speaking style in different situations. Finally I will look at the reactions to his speaking and his overall speaking effectiveness.Vito Corleone was born with the last name Andolini. He was born in Corleone, Sicily, in the year, 1892. When Vito was nine years old his family was murdered and fearing for his own life he immigrated to the United States. Young Vito did not want to be found in so he decided not to give the immigration officer on Ellis Island his last name. The officer decided to put down the name of the town that Vito was from as his last name, which was Corleone. While hiding in America, Vito decided to find work in a grocery store in New York's Hell's Kitchen. A few years later, at the age of eighteen, Vito married an Italian girl who had just arrived from Sicily. Vito continued his work at the grocery store when a local Mafia leader made the grocery store owner give Vito's job to his nephew. Until that point Vito had never done anything illegal. However, without a job, Vito reluctantly helped a neighbor hide some illegal guns for a few dollars. Vito eventually made friends with this neighbor, Peter Clemenza, and his neighbor's partner Salvatore Tessio. A few weeks later Vito unwillingly agreed to steal a truck with Clemenza and Tessio. Ironically, the same local Mafia leader who had cost Vito his job at the grocery store heard about the truck heist and demanded a cut from the three young men. Vito, Clemenza, and Tessio were upset at having to give the Mafia leader a piece of the money they hard worked so hard for. Vito then decided to hold out and not pay the amount the Mafia leader was asking. Clemenza and Tessio were scared at first, but then agreed to let Vito handle the situation. After a clever discussion with the Mafia leader, Vito Corleone followed the Mafia leader back to his apartment and killed the Mafia leader, as he was about to enter his apartment door. At this point, Vito was still not yet interested in organized crime. He just felt that it was wrong for a man to take money away from someone who had...

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