The Pigman (The Pigman, #1) by Paul ZindelLibrarian note: an alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here
When sophomores John and Lorraine played a practical joke a few months ago on a stranger named Angelo Pignati, they had no idea what they were starting. Virtually overnight, almost against their will, the two befriended the lonely old man; it wasnt long before they were more comfortable in his house than their own. But now Mr. Pignati is dead. And for John and Lorraine, the only way to find peace is to write down their friends story - the story of the Pigman.
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Paul Zindel 's The Pigman , published in , was one of the first young adult books to gain a wide readership. The decade of the s was a time of great change and unrest in America. This was the era of the Civil Rights Movement and the feminist movement. Young people began to question their parents' values and protested America's involvement in the war in Vietnam. A popular slogan was "Don't trust anyone over thirty.
All the while, the living move about like baboons in cages they've made for themselves. That's the big question. The answer is central to understanding Paul Zindel's The Pigman. We and our students can address this problem, all the while gaining insight into literature and the makeup of the novel. This article provides activities to acquaint students with literary elements, while building up to a dramatic presentation. During this process, the students can experience the dilemmas presented in The Pigman and come to an understanding of the main characters and themselves. The Pigman is a story about John and Lorraine, high school sophomores who, not getting what they need from their families, must surreptitiously seek love, reassurance, and meaning on the outside.