WITH REGARD TO ‘THE GODFATHER’…

IS THERE ANY SYMBOLIC CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUNG VITO GIVING HIS WIFE A PEAR AND LATER WHEN HE WENT TO GET SOME FRUIT JUST BEFORE HE WAS SHOT?

Of course there is a connection. But to understand this connection you have to take into consideration that, when he was young, Vito Corleone had a plantation of pear trees in New Mexico, but a guy named Guillermo Rodrigues stole it from him. Both men had been arguing passionately about which of them should grow a bigger moustache. The next morning Vito left his cabin to get to work and found that there was not a single pear tree in the entire estate. In fact, the estate itself had disappeared, so he had to run back into the house to avoid falling into the void. This traumatized him for life. This is also the reason why the word ‘pear’ is always inserted in each sentence he pronounces in the movie. For example when he says “There are men in this world who go about demanding a pear to be killed. Luca Brasi was such a man. I made him my weapon. I was the only person in the world that he hoped wouldn’t kill him”.

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