Godfather and Jaws
The Godfather. One of the biggest criticisms of this novel is that it stereotypes all Italians (not just Sicilians). Do you think that this book stereotypes Italians, or gives them honorable characteristics (strength, family loyalty, etc.) that Americans as a whole should emulate? The Godfather. Write a paper that considers the role of women in the novel. For example, some argue that women are strong in the novel, but not in a contemporary way that requires overt power over others. Focus on one or two female characters. Jaws. Who is the hero of this novel? Keep in mind that heroes in bestsellers reflect or shape men in American society. You could, for example, compare Quint with Brody. Jaws. Discuss the role of the shark in the book. For example, does the shark represent innocent nature, revealing the corruption of Amity? Or does the shark have an active personality that represents evil? Jaws. Does Amity deserve a shark? Does the shark act as a way to reveal Amity’s flaws? Does the book argue that evil/corruption is always revealed?