The courtroom activity and the wedding in the novel The Godfather bring up the theme of justice in the first chapter of the storyline. Amerigo Bonasera, a man whose daughter was hurt by two male convicts, sat in a New York courtroom to hear justice take its course for his daughter who was then at the hospital after being beaten by the two males. Sadly, the judge makes a ruling in favour of the two convicts by suspending the sentence. This makes Bonasera so furious because he believes that the country and especially the judicial system in the country should be their family who always offer the citizens the protection and honor they deserve.
Bonasera is then left with no option but to pledge loyalty to Don Corleone, a very powerful mafia boss, to seek justice in his case. Corleone, depicted as a criminal in character, is no doubt the last savior for Bonasera because he is seen to have some moral codes. Bonasera, therefore, approaches Corleone at his daughter’s wedding and pledges his loyalty to Corleone to seek justice for his daughter’s attackers. Corleone satisfied of the plea promises to take action and orders Tom Hagen, his adopted son and also a family lawyer, to take action that is paramount to the crime but not murder.
In the novel, Godfather is realistic because he uses his power to seek justice and follow the right path of law. For instance, in the case of the men who beat his undertaker’s daughter, Don orders that justice takes its course by a punishment that is paramount to the crime without taking the lives of the two men. In another instance, when Virgil Sollozzo, a drug peddler, seeks protection and financial support from Godfather on his business, he refuses the offer and ends up being hurt by the criminals.
However, on the other hand, Godfather is seen to contradict the morals that he seems to stand for making him unrealistic. For instance, he first needs Bonasera to pledge loyalty to him so that he can help him in his daughter’s case a situation that is criminal in nature. At this instance, Don argues that Bonasera used always to be on the right side of the law that leaves questions whether he is truly a defender of the law or bends the law to suit his situation. To shade more light on this, The Godfather arranges for the Congress to grant citizenship to a war prisoner so that he can marry the daughter of his baker a situation that contravenes the same law that he stands to defend making him unrealistic.
The novel begins in a courtroom where there is tensed atmosphere especially to the defendants of the criminal offence. The court’s ruling ends up sorrowful to the defendants that makers a reader of the novel want to know more of the next step of action after the unjust ruling. In the second stage, the writer introduces the readers into a wedding function, which is the next stop for the sad Bonasera, who is seeking for justice thus making the reader want to know more of the happenings. The writer through artistic imagery describes Dons residence that indicates the kind of good life he is leading. Finally, the different leadership roles and business orientation the Don and his children performs also motivates the readers of the novel to know the next step of mafia boss story.
Puzo, M. (2005). The godfather. Penguin.