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The Pigman Essay By Kimberlee April 5, 2011 Have you ever thought about how big of an impact parents have on their children? There are a lot of children that don’t have both parents. In the Pigman, John’s dad, The Bore, was never really a good role model for John. Lorraine’s father was never there while she was growing up. The only father figure either of them had was the Pigman. Mr. Pignati was taking John and Lorraine places that most parents would have taken their own kids such as the zoo and he was always very open armed to having them around. The Pigman was the father figure for both John and Lorraine. John’s dad was never very supportive of John’s decisions and he never gave him supportive advice. When John told his dad he wanted to be and actor, his dad put him down and told him he could never be an actor. The Bore thinks John should work at the exchange but John doesn’t want to. John’s dad said, “I was thinking maybe you’d like to work with me over at the Exchange a few days a week. Just after school?” to John. John really did not want to work at the Exchange, but his father does not respect that. Since John’s own dad does not respect his decisions John respects Mr. Pignati more and Mr. Pignati is more of a father figure to John and Lorraine than their own fathers. Lorraine didn’t have a father in her life so the Pigman was important. Having no father in any child’s life would be difficult. Lorraine only ever had her mom around while she was growing up. Since she never really had a father, when she met the Pigman she sort of had a father figure in the Pigman. Mr. Pignati was always very open armed to having John and Lorraine at his house. The Pigman enjoyed spending a lot of time with them and took them many places. The Pigman took John and Lorraine to many places where most parents would take their own kids. He also bought John and Lorraine roller skates and took them shopping. One reason he bought roller blades was because he still wanted to have fun and act young at heart. “Mr. Pignati’s going to buy us roller skates,” (pg. 78) yelled John to Lorraine at Beekman’s Department store. The Pigman also took John and Lorraine to the zoo to see Bobo. Even though they had great times together sometimes they did disappoint Mr. Pignati. Sometimes kids disappoint their parents just as John and Lorraine disappointed Mr. Pignati by having a party at his house while he was in the hospital. “Just a few intimate friends for a quiet little drink. Don’t you think Mr. Pignati wants us to have a social life?” John said to Lorraine as he was planning a party. Parents have a large impact on there children’s lives and since Mr. Pignati was a good father figure John and Lorraine became better people.
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