The Pigman

By: Paul Zindel

Characters

The characters in the story are: John Conlan-A handsome young boy who likes to drink, smoke, and prank people. Lorraine Jensen- A sensitive and compassionate person, has low self-esteem, and is very good at interpreting others. Mr. Pignati- A lonely, widowed, retired electrician who lives in a messy house. Lorraine's Mother: Works as a home-care nurse for terminally ill,elderly patients. John's father- Has an incredibly stressful job as a commodities broker on the Coffee Exchange, where John's brother Kenny works. John's mother- A disinfectant fanatic all she does is clean, clean, clean, and she ignores the tension between John and his father. Norton Kelly- John's classmate, a mean guy who steals electronics and sells them illegally. Information from: (www.shmoop.com/pigman/characters.html)

Setting

The setting(s) of this story are Mr. Pignati's house, John's house, Lorraine's house, The mall, Hospital, School, the graveyard, and Staten Island New York.

Plot

Initial situation- John and Lorraine become friends with The Pigman. They think he is weird at first but later, when they get to know him they like him. Conflict- Norton wants to steal from The Pigman but John tries to stop him. Complications- Norton meets John at the cemetery and asks if The Pigman has anything worth stealing. Climax- Norton shows up uninvited to The Pigman's house and destroys his pigs!!!. Suspense- Mr. Pignati goes upstairs and cries, and John and Lorraine go home. Denouement- John and Lorraine apologize to Mr. Pignati and they ask him to come to the zoo. He agrees and later finds out BoBo died, he has a second heart attack and dies. Conclusion-  John thinks how the position Mr. Pignati's head is in reminds him of his father, and he wonders how long until his parents die.

Conflict

The main conflict in "The Pigman" is when the main characters John and Lorraine choose to throw a party in Mr. Pignati's house while he is recovering in the hospital after he had a heart attack. When he returns to find the party going on and many of his collectible ceramic pigs broken, he is sad because those pigs meant everything to him because, the pigs brought back good memories of him and his wife Conchetta.

Theme

Maturation- In the last few paragraphs of the novel, the theme of maturation is explained. John says that both he and Lorraine trespassed where they didn't belong and that something died in them when Mr. Pignati died.

Friendship- A friendship is built between John and Lorraine and the Pigman.

Death- Death is mentioned throughout the book, showing the fragility of life.

Symbolism

Pigs - The pig collection symbolized Pignati's relationship with his wife and Pignati's fragile heart because when Norton breaks the pig collection, it's as if Pignati's heart is broken.

Monkeys - The three small monkeys resemble the friendship shared between the three protagonists ( John, Lorraine, and Mr. Pignati).

Foreshadowing/Suspense

In the book it foreshadowed when Lorraine had a dream about when she was in Mr. Pignati's house and she was walking towards the pig room, she went in the room and saw a coffin with a dead body then she woke up. That foreshadowed that someone was going to die or get hurt.

Connections

Text-to-self- Like John and Lorraine I like to sneak to places where I'm not supposed to be, and I like to drink stuff just like John but instead of beer/wine I drink soda and juice because my mom would notice if her wine is gone. Text-to-text- When Mr. Pignati showed John and Lorraine what life is all about. This connects to Rikki - Tikki-Tavi because Rikki had a choice to give up fighting the cobra Nagaina. Text-to-world- When John and Lorraine thought Mr. Pignati was weird/crazy he taught them a lesson, and that lesson was to not judge a book by it's cover.

Golden Lines

One golden line was "we must have looked like 3 monkeys." (p.79) This line is a simile describing how Lorraine thinks her and John's relationship is with Mr. Pignati. Two is when " they just whisked him on the stretcher like an old sack of potatoes." (p.100) That line is a simile and it's describing Mr. Pignati on the stretcher. Three "  There something about his voice made me feel sorry for him." (p.22) This line is telling us that Lorraine is sad for Mr. Pignati because he was telling a joke that he used to tell his wife.

Scenes From The Book

This is the scene when John and Lorraine kiss and felt a connection between them and they think their in LOVE!!
This shows when Mr. Pignati asks Lorraine them this riddle.

The END

At the end of the book John an Lorraine think it's their fault Mr. Pignati died because if they would have never pranked him in the first place they wouldn't be here and John learns that he is growing up because he is learning to take responsibility for his actions.

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2 years ago
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I think it was bound to happen anytime. You die when it's your time, no one has control over it except you. If I had to choose though I'm going to go with John and Lorraine for actually going through with the dare and taking advantage of him. They should have left him alone and let him mind his own business, he wasn't bothering anyone. I also think he died of a broken heart. When he found out BoBo had died, he probably died a little himself. I think that The Pigman would have died a long time agi he was just living for BoBo.

2 years ago
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no one should take the blame for Mr. Pignatis death because if Lorraine and John never came in to his life Mr.pignati could of died by himself. Mr.pignati would of died of loneliness if John and Lorraine never came/ made the phone call. So I think there is no one to blame for Mr.pignatis death.😁💔

2 years ago
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I think it should be the zoo keepers fault because the zoo keeper didn't do anything to stop bobo from dying

2 years ago
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of other people and thats why she has some of the blame

2 years ago
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I think the parents should be blamed for the death of Mr.Pignati....
For Lorraine.. I blame her father, if he would've never cheated Lorraine would have a good family.
For John... I blame his parents because they dont show him affection and attetion

2 years ago
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I think that all of John should be blamed I blame jonh because if he never made Lorraine be in on the L and J fund prank they wouldn't have gone over to the pigman's home then they wouldn't have started hanging out wit the pigman then norton wouldn't have been wondering what they were doing then they wouldn't have been playing around the n the pigman wouldn't have had a heart attack then john wouldn't have thrown a party and nonthing wouldn't have been broken and the pigman would not have been heart broken !!!!!!!!!! 😭 😭 😭 😭 😡 😡 😡 😡 💔 💔

2 years ago
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I think Mr.Pignati should be blamed for his death. I think that because if Mr.Pignati would have never befriended John and Lorraine this would have never happened.Plus Mr.Pignati should have never got on those roller skates. Then at the same time I blame John and Lorraine because if their parent would have treated them right and paid them attention, they would have never been in this mess.

2 years ago
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I think Mr.Pignati to blamed because he was acting to young for his ages and then John is to blame because if he would of listen to Lorraine about not having a party then Norton would not show up if there was party to go to and then Norton is to blame because he want o be a bad boys so he would do anything to feel i like that Lorraine could off stop john and should of not put she wife cloth on in the first place

2 years ago
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I think that evreyone can recieve a little blame. Because it was lorrains fault for calling. Then johns for throwing the party. And Norton for breaking the pigs

2 years ago
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I feel that all the characters should be blamed, because the parents raised their kids very poorly, John and Lorraine allowed adolesence to take over them, the pigman relied on Bobo after Concheta pasted away, the police man didnt allow John and Lorraine to apoligise to the pigman, Norton shouldn't steal or brake things that aren't his, and Bobo shouldn't have died! Also the zoo keeper shouldn't have let Bobo died.