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The pigman, by paul zindel
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The pigman, by paul zindel


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  • 1. Running Head: ANALYSIS OF THE PIGMAN 1 ANALYSIS OF THE PIGMAN Name Institution Affiliation Course Date of Submission
  • 2. ANALYSIS OF THE PIGMAN 2 The Pigman The pigman is a novel that narrates the lives of two teenagers, John and Lorraine. Thetwo play a game of calling complete strangers and keep them on the line as long as theycould. It was during Lorraine turn that she bumped to a stranger called Mr. Pignati under thepretence of a charity fund for young actors and writers. Lorraine noticed the sadness andloneliness of Mr. Pignati and this made him happy to have a person to talk to at last. Theteens insisted for a donation and Mr. Pignati agreed to donate ten dollars and they had to goover to his house to collect the donation. This novel depicts the destiny and growing up ofchildren in the society (Zindel, 1975). The next day the two teens went to pick the donation and they sat around, drunk hiswine and became sociable toward each other; indeed from that day they formed a family,working together before the sudden change of events after the death of Mr. Pignati (Shmoop,Shmoop Staff, 2010). These teens disliked school and they spent most of their time with Mr.Pignati who they nicknamed as pigman. They develop a strong relationship while they growup and cooperating together with their new companion. The pigman’s house is where theydeveloped the aspect of love and trust as they felt unwanted and unloved by their families andare in the path of self destruction. There are some valuable lessons that John and Lorrainelearn regarding the truth about friendship and betrayal that cannot be forgotten; they in turnplan to have a destructive party in pigman’s house. The themes that the novel portrays are the growing up, fate and destiny, and the gapbetween generations. Growing up is the most prevalent theme as it depicts john and Lorraineas the products of their families, which are dysfunctional. This indicates that the source oftroubles in everyone emanates from the family failure to model their children while growingup. This is depicted by the youths who engage with the Pigman family because they have the
  • 3. ANALYSIS OF THE PIGMAN 3feeling of disconnection from their family (Brent, 1987). The idea of growing up is fulfilledas the teens learn painful lesson during the period they stayed with the pigman. The theme of destiny is the novel’s main idea that poses the question of how often lifeis coincidental by forcing individual to acts upon it as it unfolds. John and Lorraine had toshift their love from their families to pigman as they received live and attention that theynever found from their family. They had to act on ways that they derived joy and affectionand this was derived from their association with pigman. Consequently the pigman receivedwhat he had longed for from the two teen and he devoted his love and trust to them. Therefore, the theme of destiny portrays how life can be blamed on individuals’actions either passive or active involvement in nature. There are very many instances in thenovel filled with regrets resulting from ones actions. This is depicted by the teen betrayingthe trust bestowed upon them by pigman by destroying his glass collection (Brent, 1987).There is a generation gap in the novel as the two teens develop the life of adulthood whiletheir adult friend pigman adapts the life of a teenager. Pigman adapt a life that he had alreadylived and this indicates how the line of adulthood and youth has been blurred.
  • 4. ANALYSIS OF THE PIGMAN 4 ReferencesBrent, G. (1987). The Pigmans handbook. New York: Farming,Shmoop, Shmoop Staff. (2010). The Pigman: Shmoop Literature Guide. New York: Shmoop University IncZindel, P. (1975). The Pigman. New York: HarperTeen