Malcolm X's experience of America was as an American from the beginning, but it was as an American who felt isolated, left out of the mainstream, and marginalized by skin color. The Italians who entered the country as immigrants were isolated first by language and secondarily by ethnic identity, but it was an identity that could be assimilated in time because there was no real physical difference between the Italian population and the majority white population in America. The immigrants came to America seeking freedom from political persecution and a greater economic opportunity, and while most took this opportunity to better themselves in a way that helped them fit into American society, some seized on this opportunity to pursue success at all costs, indulging in criminal pursuits like the Corleone family in The Godfather.
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But every book I picked up had few sentences which didn't contain anywhere from one to nearly all of the words that might as well have been in Chinese (Haley 171).
This family saga hints at some of the history of the family, and Don Corleone is presented as the immigrant who came to America and made his fortune through strength and ruthlessness, creating this business for his sons. Family is a vital aspect of his thinking and of the type of business he enters, and it is significant that the criminal organization is itself called a family, involves members of the Don's real family, and itself has a family structure, with the term "godfather" itself evoking images of family, generational issues, and even the religion that binds the family together. The main characters are members of the Corleone family, both actual members and adopted members like the consigliere, or counselor, Tom Hagan, who was raised with the Corleone brothers as if he were a member of the family. The women are ancillary to the males in the family, acting as wives, daughters, an