Scarface Essay

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In 1980, Fidel Castro sent hundreds of thousands of Cubans from his country on rafts to
America. Castro not only sent everyday people to America on boats; he used this as a
chance to clear out his crowded jail cells. There was an estimated 25,000 former Cuban
inmates that arrived in Florida. Tony Montana is one of the masses of criminals sent by
Cuba to America. His only chance to get a green card was to kill Rebenga, a former
political leader from Cuba. Montana had no trouble executing the former communist leader.
Tony moves to Miami and agrees to do a job for a big time cocaine dealer, Frank Lopez.
Frank noticed the good job Tony did for him and in turn wants Montana to continue working
for him. Lopez sends him to Bolivia to work on a deal with Sosa, their cocaine supplier.
While there Tony seizes an opportunity to go into business for himself.

Tony shoots his way to the top of a drug crime family, killing both friend and foe alike.
Finally after murdering his boss and marrying his boss's girlfriend, he's crowned drug
kingpin. Tony starts having legal problems and rather than do time, his supplier Sosa
offered to take care of the court case if Tony would take an assassin with him to New York
to eliminate one of his enemies. This was the begging of the end for Tony Montana. The
man who was supposed to be eliminated had his wife and kids in the car with him. Tony was
against killing women and children but the assassin wouldn’t listen to him; so Tony shot
him. Tony's decline was caused by his twisted sense of brotherhood. When Sosa learned of
this he was furious. He sent a small army of men to Tony’s home to kill him. Tony didn’t
go down easy, but in the end he still went down.

Drugs in this movie portrayed money and power. Whoever distributed the drugs had control
of the others around him who didn’t. The main goal of many characters in this movie was
to get people under you so they can do your dirty work. All major characters in this
movie were obsessed with money drugs, and women. Tony’s philosophy was: “First you get
the money, then you get the power, and then you get the women.

The unhealthy messages about drugs conveyed in this movie suggest that they are a quick
way to make cash but can ultimately be someone’s downfall. Tony’s drug control led to
other problems. He couldn’t get his money laundered from his normal banker because the
more money Tony gave the banker, the higher the interest charge he would receive in
return. Tony’s best friend set up a meeting with a different banker; who happened to be
an undercover police officer. Drugs are also portrayed as a way to get women. Elvira,
the woman of Tony’s obsession, went from one boyfriend to another based on who could
supply her cocaine addiction.

In one particular scene Frank tells Tony the two key rules to success in the drug
business. Rule number one is to “never underestimate the other guys greed.” Rule number
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