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Old 2017-11-19, 03:34 PM   #91
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I always felt how Michael changes and is drawn in and corrupted by his position in the family was one of the greatest strengths of the first 2 Godfather films (less said about the 3rd the better).
Prior to the assassination of Sollozzo and Capt. McCluskey, Sonny questions Michael's motives, is he doing it just because he took a beating? Michael's reply is "it's just business". He is starting to realize that you can't stand aside in the violent world his family is part of.
By the time he returns from Sicily, Sonny has been assassinated. Michael has no choice but to step up; his father is still recovering, and his other brother, Fredo, is far too weak to head the family.
And yes the death of his wife surely played a part also.
 
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