Angelo Pignati-a lonely, widowed, retired electrician who lives alone in a messy house in John and Lorraine's neighborhood.
Lorrian Jensen-Lorraine Jensen is a fifteen-year-old high-school sophomore who lives in the same Staten Island neighborhood as John Conlan, her best friend....
John Colan-John Conlan is a fifteen-year-old high-school sophomore who lives in Staten Island, New York, and is best friends with Lorraine Jensen,...
Bore-John's dad is one stressed-out guy
Norton Kelly-Norton is John and Lorraine's classmate, a mean guy who steals electronics and sells them illegally
Lorrians mom-Lorraine's mom has a hard life. She works as a home-care nurse for terminally-ill, elderly patients. She's been a single mother since before Lorraine was born
Johns mother-John's mother is a "disinfectant fanatic". All she does is clean, clean, clean. She deals with the tension between John and his father by either ignoring it or suggesting that John go to a friend's house, so as not to aggravate his father .
The Pigman takes place in Staten Island, NY in the mid-1960s. Although John and Lorraine make a trip to Manhattan with Mr. Pignati, the rest of the action takes place onStaten Island, the southern-most of New York City's five boroughs.
- Climax- Norton 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 dress is ruin too.
- 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.
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.
Growing up/Getting old‐ The Pigman follows the lives of two teenagers, John and Lorraine, who come from broken families and therefore tend to blame their problems on their upbringing. To makeup for the lack of fulfillment that they feel, they spend their time pulling pranks and telling jokes. However, as they come to know and love Mr.Pignati, they learn that life is made up of choices, and that they are incharge of those choices. By the end of the novel, theyhave made an important step in “growing‐up” in that they realize that they are in control of themselves, and no one else. They also realize, as they witness thedeath of Mr. Pignati, following the death of his wife, that life does not last forever. Everyone grows old, and ourchoices will effect how we enjoy the short time that we have.
Home- home is where love is
Cages-The monkeys, at the zoo, of course, are in literal cages. But nearly every character is in a metaphorical cage. John feels trapped by his father's expectation that John will become a businessman like himself; John's father is trapped in his narrow world at the Coffee Exchange; John's mother is trapped by her obsession with cleaning; Lorraine is trapped by her mother's suspicions; Lorraine's mother is trapped in her awful job; Mr. Pignati is trapped in his grief over his wife's death.
BOBO-Lorraine describes Bobo as "the ugliest, most vicious-looking baboon I've ever seen in my life" , and the zoo attendant who feeds him says, after his death: "Can't say I feel particularly sorry about it because that baboon had the nastiest disposition around here" . And yet Mr. Pignati loves Bobo, feeds him treats, worries about him, and calls him his "best friend" . Bobo seems to function as some sort of son, and points to the fact that Mr. Pignati is kind of fond of misfits, whether their animals (like Bobo) or humans (like John and Lorraine). John later discusses baboons as a symbol.
foreshadowing of death as seen throughout the whole novel. Mr. Pignati finds out that his best friend, a baboon from the zoo, has died. Mr. Pignati dies shortly after
I have a connection to this book because 2 of my family members died. And one was a girl/women and one was boy/man.
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