Author: Paul Zindel
By: David Kitterman
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
-Paul Zindel, the author of "The Pigman", "The Pigman's Legacy" and "My Darling, My Hamburger", is well known for writing pre-teen and teen books. His books are fiction based on personal experiences that he has had. He includes information in the "Extra" part at the end of the book.
-John Conlan: A high-school sophomore, a trouble maker, who has a dad who is a bad influence on him, loves to do pranks, is a bad influence, loves to drink and smoke.
-Lorraine Jensen: A high-school sophomore, "GG", sensitive, compassionate, observes people, interested in psychology, has a mother who slaps her many times, and has low self-esteem.
-Mr. Pignati: The person who shows up in Lorraine and John's life who offers them the parent they never had. He expresses love and affection.
-Mrs. Jenson: Lorraine's mom, has trouble raising Lorraine by herself, hates when Lorraine hangs out around boys because of her personal experiences with men (like with Lorraine's dad), and she works as a nurse for elderly people.
-Mr. Conlan: John's bad influence father who greatly influences his life, stressed out from his job in the Exchange and an alcoholic.
-Mrs. Conlan: Is a clean freak and doesn't show affection for John.
-Norton Kelly: Steals everything and is part of the reason why Mr. Pignati died.
-Bobo: The last friend Mr. Pignati had, and a baboon.
-Staten Island, New York
-John and Lorraine's house.
-Exposition: John and Lorraine are introduced as well as their parents who influence their lives.
-Rising Action: John and Lorraine are doing their foolish pranks, prank calling and Mr. Pignati is introduced and seems to fall under the sophomores fake organization, however, they realize Mr. Pignati is the parent they never had who gives them love, affection and fun toys. Mr. Pignati found company in his house besides his porcelain pigs.
-Climax: John and Lorraine throw a party in Mr. Pignati's house while he was recovering in the hospital from a foolish game that involved running up the stairs with him in roller skates.
-Falling Action: John decided to not invite Norton Kelly because he knew he would just steal things, however, Norton found out about the party and when he did, he freaked out and broke the pigs in the basement. Mr. Pignati found out about the pigs and Bobo so he fainted.
-Resolution: Mr. Pignati had a second and last heart attack which took his life and made John come to the conclusion of thinking about his parents and their decision making and the time they have left together.
-The main conflict in this story is how John and Lorraine didn't have a good childhood, so it influenced the decisions they made including the prank calls.
-Things happen for a reason
-Don't judge a book by it's cover
-Porcelain pigs- Symbolize people he lost like his wife, and/or a friend or family member he always wanted.
-Prank calling=Bad news!
-Lorraine had a dream about being in the pig-room with a dead body in a coffin that foreshadows something devastating will happen in the room, possibly death.
-Text-to-Self: I myself like to do pranks like John and Lorraine but not prank calls- CALLER ID!
-Text-to-Self: Just like John and Lorraine, I regret things that happened that in my life.
-Text-to-World: Many people write books and stories.......to keep other figures and legacies alive.
-Text-to-World: My mom collects cows just like the Pigman collected pigs.
-And maybe Lorraine and I were only a different kind of baboon in a way. Maybe we were all baboons for that matter—big blabbing baboons—smiling away and not really caring what was going on as long as there were enough peanuts bouncing around to think about.....", at the end of book John and Lorraine realize that this was a message for them. It symbolizes how they're in a cage and they can't get out, they're trapped, can't get out....
-Pig Man book!