He looked after his family.
And his family looked after him.
He was Godfather to the whole family.
Sometimes they broke his heart; and sometimes he had to pull them into line.
And you can only understand Don Corleone through his opposite, Don Quixote.
Both were on a mission - Don Quixote to save chivalry and the honour of his love, Dulcinea - and Don Corleone to save the honour of his family in the modern world.
Don Quixote tilted at Windmills while Don Corleone tilted at the Made Men of other families.
Don Quixote was imaginative while Don Corleone was a realist.
Both were brave men. But bravery didn't save them - both of them ended up in great melancholy.
Both fought bravely but were fated to lose in the end.
Both are tragic figures - the playthings of fate. They are in a direct line from Ancient Greek Tragedy. And we are left with catharsis at the end of each play.
But what wonderful tragedies they gave us. Don Quixote the first novel. And Don Coreone the great movie of the present day called, "The Godfather".
Could we imagine Don Corleone without first imagining Don Quixote?
And could we imagine either of them without first imagining Antigone?