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The Pigman

The Pigman

by Paul Zindel

Home Theme

In The Pigman, the theme of "Home" is closely related to "Family." What is a home? John and Lorraine clearly don't feel "at home" in their actual homes, or – before they meet Mr. Pignati – anyplace else, for that matter. They feel most welcome and comfortable in Mr. Pignati's house, but this is a temporary kind of home, and ironically, their "making themselves at home" here results in Mr. Pignati's death. This novel doesn't depict any happy homes at all. In fact, it is the lack of a comforting home that forces John and Lorraine to seek one with Mr. Pignati.

Questions About Home

  1. How are John's and Lorraine's homes similar? How are they different?
  2. How important is having a home in which you feel comfortable?
  3. How is Mr. Pignati's home important in the novel?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

In Mr. Pignati's home, Lorraine and John find a refuge from the discomfort of their own homes.

The home Lorraine and John found with Mr. Pignati was illusory and temporary because it was not based on real ties of kinship and responsibility.

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