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The Pigman By Paul Zindel Essays

Zindel's Use of Literary Devices in The Pigman Essay

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Zindel had a Pigman just like John And Lorraine who helped him through his life and embraced him to be the talented author he really is. He worked first as a technical writer at a chemical company then as a high school chemistry teacher. As he taught he continued to write plays, Marigolds of his plays was soon turned into a television show. A children's book editor from Harper and Row asked Zindel if he wanted to be a writer and he accepted. He soon came out with The Pigman a Story about two teenagers that have an unlikely friendship with an old man. Paul Zindel was born on May 15th 1936 on Staten Island, New York. When John and Lorraine started messing around with Mr.Pignati all of their lives went from faulty to terrible. This happened…show more content…

Zindel had a Pigman just like John And Lorraine who helped him through his life and embraced him to be the talented author he really is. He worked first as a technical writer at a chemical company then as a high school chemistry teacher. As he taught he continued to write plays, Marigolds of his plays was soon turned into a television show. A children's book editor from Harper and Row asked Zindel if he wanted to be a writer and he accepted. He soon came out with The Pigman a Story about two teenagers that have an unlikely friendship with an old man. Paul Zindel was born on May 15th 1936 on Staten Island, New York. When John and Lorraine started messing around with Mr.Pignati all of their lives went from faulty to terrible. This happened because neither John nor Lorraine were mature enough to be friends with Mr.Pignati. They were two untrustworthy sophomores that threw parties and played immature pranks. When they finally realized what maturity was it was too late, they had already caused too many hardships in Mr.Pignati's life causing him to have a stroke, and ultimately his death. Which causes John and Lorraine to write an epic about Mr.pignati, so that he will always be remembered as a kind, fun loving, old man. That had helped them out of their troubles and treated them as their parents should have treated them in the first place. He was the only one to ever really care for them and treat them nicely, through piles of gifts and compliments like they have never seen

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Paul Zindel was an American writer born on May 15, 1936 in Staten Island, New York. As a teenager, he was an avid writer and clearly had a passion for the arts. However, after graduating high school, he attended Wagner College to study chemistry. It was only when he took a creative writing course with renowned playwright Edward Albee that he reignited his love for literature. In his post-college years, Zindel supported himself by teaching physics and chemistry at the high school level. On the side, he continued to write stories and plays. His first produced play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, was written in 1964 and earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In 1968, Zindel published his young-adult novel, The Pigman, which tells the story of high school sophomores Lorraine and John, who befriend an elderly neighbor named Mr. Pignati. Lorraine and John suffer from neglectful parenting, so they find a necessary solace in spending time with Mr. Pignati. Nevertheless, this newly formed bond is tested throughout the course of the story, and their friendship threatens to fall apart.

Upon its publication, The Pigman received positive reviews for its heartwarming portrayal of an unlikely friendship. It has often been likened to other acclaimed novels such as The Outsiders by SE Hinton and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It went on to win the New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year Award and was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book. Despite its success, Zindel’s novel also garnered some backlash due to its sexual undertones and use of swear words. Consequently, The Pigman has been banned in some classrooms, but many other schools believe it contains valuable lessons to be taught to young students.

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