Mafia/Italian Stereotypes

Essay by Dennislohnes October 2004

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Most people think that people from the mafia are ruthless gangsters, who don't care about anybody except them selves. They can do anything they want to and not get punished or caught. Another stereotype is all Italians are part of a mob or gang. A perfect example is the show "Sopranos". In this essay ill show you how shows and movies stereotype the mafia and the Italian race.

A very common Mafia Stereotype is that all Italians are part of a gang. The Sopranos shows this because the soprano family is all Italian and all the people who the family deals with are Italians. Another stereotype is that all gangsters cheat on their wives. In The Sopranos pretty much all the guys have a mistress who their wife doesn't know about. You always see them leave there loving family and then you see them hanging around with a girl which are usually much younger and more attractive than their wife.

Also another stereotype which is popular is that the legal business that the mafia leader runs out of is either a bar or nightclub. In The Sopranos Toni, The Gang leader runs his gang out of a night club. One of the biggest stereotype about the mafia is that all of the gangsters can do what ever they ant and they almost never get caught or punished for the crimes they do. In The Sopranos they also make all gangsters look as if they have no feelings for others and don't care about other people. A lot most of gangster/mafia movies are taken place in a big city which stereotypes that all, and only big cities have mobs or mafia figures in them.

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