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.
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.
The pigman takes place in Staten Island, New York and it was in the mid 1960's
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.
Text to World - People feel lonley at times
When they threw the party without asking . And also when Mr.Pignati got a heart attack.
This story has many themes. One of the most coomon themes is lonliness. Guilt, Blame attention and more.
The pigs Mr.Pignati had symbolize his relationship with Conchetta.
This is one of the most important scene's because that is when they first met Mr. Pignati.
When Lorrain and John relate to each other thinking that Conchetta is dead.