Wiseguy Themes

Nicholas Pileggi
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Peter Pan Complex

Henry Hill is a little boy who chooses to never grow up; as such, he follows in the literary footsteps of Peter Pan and Huckleberry Finn. Henry's fun-loving inner child is not nearly as innocuous as these two fictional examples, however, although he believes he is not hurting anyone; or, rather, he believes he is not hurting anyone important. Henry, like many other maladjusted sociopaths, justifies his crimes by convincing himself that his needs outweigh everyone else's. Henry convinces himself of his own superiority and considers individuals who are trusting and honest to be weak; they are easy prey and they only have their own stupidity to blame if someone takes advantage of them. Henry is the product of an immature mindset. He develops no internal sense of right and wrong, no belief system to guide him through life. He embraces the wiseguy belief system, which...

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