The pigman
By: Paul Zindel

About the author

Paul Zindel was born in Staten, Island New York on May 15,1936Paul relates a lot to this book , but just uses different characters to describe what he lived and felt. He wrote more than 50 books during his whole life.

Characters

Angelo pignati - Mr.Pignati is a retired electritan and lonely guy. who's wife has just died.

Lorrain Jenson - Lorrain is a young girl who is really sensitive and compassionate.

John Conlan - John is lorrains best friend and he is really clumsy and creates a lot of conflict

Lorrain's Mother - Lorrains mother is a nurse who doesn't like men at all. She has also had a hard life.

Bore (John's Dad) -  John's dad was an alcaholic ans is a very stressed out father

John's Mother - John'smother is a clean freak and wants everything to always  be clean

Norton Kelly - Norton is a bad guy who likes to steal , he is also classmates with john and lorrain.

Setting

The pigman takes place in Staten Island, New York and it was in the mid 1960's

Plot

Exposition - Norton wants to steal from Mr. Pignati, but John tries to put him off the trail with various lies. Even before John and Lorraine meet Mr. Pignati, John protects him by telling Dennis and Norton he and Lorraine are not going to collect the money because Mr. Pignati caught on that Lorraine was not really from a charity and hung up. As the novel progresses, Norton's threats become stronger.

Rising Action - Norton wants to steal from Mr. Pignati, but John tries to put him off the trail with various lies. Even before John and Lorraine meet Mr. Pignati, John protects him by telling Dennis and Norton he and Lorraine are not going to collect the money because Mr. Pignati caught on that Lorraine was not really from a charity and hung up. As the novel progresses, Norton's threats become stronger.

Climax - ClimaxNorton shows up uninvited to John's and Lorraine's party at Mr. Pignati's house and destroys the pig collection.Angry that he has not been invited, Norton shows up at the party. He steals electrical equipment and smashes the pigs, looking for money. Mr. Pignati comes home from the hospital unexpectedly and sees the ruin of his pigs and his wife's clothes.

Falling Action - John and Lorraine go to the zoo with Mr. Pignati. He dies.Lorraine tells her mother about her and John's friendship with Mr. Pignati and she and her mother become somewhat closer. John's parents tell him he will have to see a psychologist; they will forget all about this in a few days. John and Lorraine call Mr. Pignati to apologize and offer to help clean up. They suggest a trip to the zoo. When Mr. Pignati learns that Bobo has died, he has a second heart attack and dies.

Resolution - John tries to sort out his feelings about life and death.On the floor of the monkey house with Mr. Pignati's body, John thinks how sad it is that people can be as lonely as Mr. Pignati was. The position of Mr. Pignati's head disturbingly reminds John of his father. He thinks how futile the lives of his parents' generation are. He and Lorraine sadly leave the zoo, hand in hand.

Connections

Text to World - People feel lonley at times

Conflict

When they threw the party without asking . And also when Mr.Pignati got a heart attack.

Theme

This story has many themes. One of the most coomon themes is lonliness. Guilt, Blame attention and more.

Symbolysm

The pigs Mr.Pignati had symbolize his relationship with Conchetta.

Scene

This is one of the most important  scene's because that is when they first met Mr. Pignati.

Forshadowing

When Lorrain and John relate to each other thinking that Conchetta is dead.

Resources

http://www.shmoop.com/pigman/classic-plot-analysis.html

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2 years ago
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I relate to Mr.P because I have felt lonely before
to Lorraine because sometimes im against doing things i know isnt right

2 years ago
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I can relate to Lorraine because she is a goody goody. I am a goody goody. But I still like to have fun and I have temptations.

2 years ago
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YEA, I can relate to John and Lorraine because sometime I do thing that I know that I should be do but i do it anyway and then i feel Lorraine because i my mom is talking about s=how man are bad

2 years ago
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I can relate to the characters because i have lost a friend before.

2 years ago
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John because I play pranks and I do do prank calls

2 years ago
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I can relate to Lorraine Because Lorraine she acts different when she is around her mom, and every time im with my mom I act different then when I am with my friends.😃

2 years ago
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i can relate myself to john more than any other character's because john does a lot of things because he thinks that he is old enough and do that a lot every time i get older i star to act or do new things because i asume i am old enough LOL 😜 😜 😜

2 years ago
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Yeah, I can relate to Lorraine because she is always reminding John about making the right decisionin life when they are with the pigman just like I always have to remind my cousins and brother about making the right decision

2 years ago
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I can relate to John because my mother likes to clean but she also pays attention to me and my sister. I can relate to Lorraine because my mom is also a nurse. Another connection I have is that he compares John to his brother and I don't being compared to other people and how he tell John he is going to be like his brother. I hate when people try to talk for me saying " Nye'mah is going to be a basketball player" like you don't know what I'm gone be! I have a connection to Mr. Pignati because I used to be all quiet and shut out from the rest of the world.

2 years ago
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I can sort of relate to John's mom because with some things i can be a neat freak but not with the part of how she lets her son drink only if he cleans the glass or smoke as long as he dose'nt light up in the house