Paying Respect to The Sopranos

A Psychosocial Analysis


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About the Book

This work provides a detailed account of lead character Tony Soprano’s psychological journey through all episodes of all six seasons of the popular HBO show The Sopranos. Through a window of psychological interpretation and social analysis, the author examines creator David Chase’s unique interweaving of modern family dynamics, organized crime, American society, and mental health. Early chapters focus on Tony’s influential early life experiences and the mental stress that affects him as a result of violent criminal activity and fluctuating relationships with his wife and children. Later chapters focus on internal conflicts and behavioral symptoms and the critical role of Tony’s psychiatric therapy sessions. The book’s final chapters explore the Soprano family as a unified whole.

About the Author(s)

Christopher J. Vincent is a musician and writer living in Monona, Wisconsin.

Bibliographic Details

Christopher J. Vincent

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3608-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5181-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Preface      1

1. The Big Picture      5
2. Family History      18
3. Tony’s Other Family      31
4. The Taste of Brylcreem      52
5. Carmela Soprano, Queen of the Mob Women      63
6. All Tony’s Children      83
7. Internal Conflicts and Symptomatic Behavior      106
8. Therapy      122
9. Art Imitating New Jersey      142
10. The End of the Line      158

Appendix: Episode Guide      177
Chapter Notes      179
Bibliography      185
Index      187

Book Reviews & Awards

“especially interesting and enlightening…a must”—Rogue Cinema.