Wiseguy Topics for Discussion

Nicholas Pileggi
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Describe Henry Hill's views about honest, working-class people.

What, if any, contradictions do you notice in Henry's wiseguy philosophy?

Henry becomes angry with Karen for her refusal to understand why the wiseguys will not help her or Henry while Henry is in prison. Explain this issue from both of their viewpoints and comment as to your views on this dispute.

What rules is Henry expected to follow as a wiseguy?

Wiseguy is told primarily in Henry's own words. What, if anything, do you believe he has learned from his experience with the mafia?

Do you believe, as Henry does, that the ability to get away with wrong-doing makes wrong-doing inevitable? Why or why not?

Ultimately, what effect do you believe Henry's actions will have on his two daughters?

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