Paul Zindell's The Pigman

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Lessons are learned throughout life, on the other hand, many must lose something precious in order to learn one. Sometimes people don't see what the have until it's gone. Paul Zindell's, The Pigman illustrates the problems of individual teenagers face, and gives us a detailed perspective; in this case, the life of John and Lorraine. They were given the trust of a vulnerable old man, Mr.Pignati; they abused what they were given, and paid the ultimate price. John and Lorraine learned that abusing trust and and responsibility is no longer acceptable, which changes their outlook on life. John and Lorraine felt as if they were always trapped in a cage; mostly because they never really got along with their parents. They always had issues with their…show more content…
Although, they always had a warm feeling in their hearts when they were with the avid Pigman; "The house had a nice warm smell to it" (Zindell, 11). This shows that John had a warm feeling of comfort with Mr. Pignati, which turned into a deeper feeling of companionship and compassion. That's why they learned so much when he died, they didn't realize that there was something greater than they were, until it hit them like a ton of bricks. This shows that John and Lorraine learned something important, that life is more than what they thought; that they had to be responsible, and make serious and correct choices. It seems like the Pigman had to die for them to learn their lesson. John states in the book, that the Pigman was already on the verge of death, and that he was going to die anyway, and they just sped up the process; a life lesson, for a life. Children and teens don't always know how to take responsibility. "Everything that happened from that moment on, Lorraine blames me for, and maybe she's right" (Zindell, 11). Is what John said about how he felt about the death of the Pigman, and how the blame was

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