by Paul Zindel
Mr. Pignati's Husband-Wife-Lover-Boatman-Assassin Game
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
This game centers around a story about a murder of an adulterous wife. The players have to decide who is to blame for her death. The game seems to stand as an allegory for one of the central questions the novel raises: Who is responsible for Mr. Pignati's death? Is it the person who set the entire plot in motion? The person whose actions immediately caused the death? Does the wife's betrayal of her husband symbolize John and Lorraine's betrayal of Mr. Pignati?