The Godfather: Michael Vs. Sonny Essay, Research Paper
The Godfather: Michael Vs. Sonny
At a first glance Michael and Sonny appear to be quite different. Upon
further observation, however, they have some similarities. Although they are
different in areas of personality, values, and their tempers, they are similar
in areas of loyalty, their respect for their father, and their strong family
Their personalities are quite different. Sonny is brash and arrogant,
where Michael is calm and cool. When Don Corleone was in the hospital and Sonny
is in charge, the family got kind of careless. He doesn’t seem to care what
could happen due to his actions. He wants to kill the police captain and
doesn’t think about the repercussions. Tom has to tell him that it wouldn’t be
good to kill a cop, but they end up doing it anyway. I think Michael was pushed
into it because of his loyalty to the family. He is more calculating in manner.
Near the end when he ?takes care of all the family business? on the day of the
Baptism is a prime example of this. Because he was this way, the objects of his
violence had no idea that it was coming.
Their values are another way that they differ. Michael is a man of
honor. He doesn’t run around having affairs with different women. He only
marries twice because his first wife was killed in the explosion. Sonny is an
adulterer. He is with another women during his sisters wedding, along with a
few other times throughout the movie.
Their tempers were not nearly the same. Sonny had a bad temper, while
Michael did not. Sonny’s temper ended up getting him killed. He flew off the
handle when he found out that his sister had been beaten and ran out of the
house without anyone with him. During those times he should have known better,
but all he had on his mind was vengeance. Michael on the other hand is fairly
calm about things. He knows that Carlos was involved in Sonny’s death, but he
lets it go until it is time to deal with it.
They are similar in loyalty. They do what they need to do for their
friends and family. When others help them out, they do the same. Although
Sonny felt that the move towards narcotics was a good idea, he didn’t go in that
direction when he was in charge.
They both had great respect for their father. When he wanted something
done they jumped. When He was shot, Michael rushed home to see if he could help.
He eventually got involved in the family business because of this. Sonny
wanted the people who had been involved in the shooting to pay at all costs.
Finally they both had strong family ties (towards the Corleone family).
When a member of the family needed something they gave it to them. Sonny was
outraged to learn that his sister was the victim of spousal abuse, and wanted to
get her husband for it. They did everything they could to make sure that every
member of the family was safe at all times. Michael even gave up a whole year
of his life to avenge his father’s shooting. He had to go to Italy to ?hide out?
In conclusion, Sonny and Michael were two completely different people,
with different traits. They had different ways of doing things, but in all of
that they remained so much the same. I think that has to do with the way their
Father brought them up, because I feel that he was the role model that they were