"The Pigman" by Paul Zindel

Essay by DballaJunior High, 7th gradeA-, May 2006

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"The Pigman" by Paul Zindel was an interesting novel. The way he had the kids John and Loraine tell there account was unique. It resembled the privies stories we had read.

The way he made the Pigman look was one of loneliness. I think maybe he wanted kids but never had the chance to discuss the issue. You can tell he and his wife were very close. John I see as a kind of kid who could careless about anything. He does not think or care about the consequences of his actions. I think he is changed after his time with the Pigman especially when he dies in his arms. Loraine is much the opposite of John. She thinks about every last thing she does. She could be called a "Worry Wart." When she is bought things by the Pigman the first thing she does is say what her mother will think.

She worries about the health of others as if it were her. I think she thinks John lovers her but is afraid to admit it.

I believe that the pigs symbolized his wife to him. He had nothing else in life but he took care of the pigs. I also think that John liking graveyards was foreshadowing. It let you know someone was going to die. He felt comfortable at them because he was going to see someone their soon.

On a scale from 1 to 4 (4 being highest) I would rate this novel a 4. It was a very touching novel. No matter who you are you understood what was happening. It was very well presented by the author. He also paid great attention to detail. That is why I rated it a 4.