The Pigman Essay

Topics: Paul Zindel, The Pigman, Sigmund Freud Pages: 2 (607 words) Published: April 21, 2013
The 40 Developmental Assets are the positive building blocks that young people use to guide them to a successful future. These assets can even be seen in fictional book called The Pigman by Paul Zindel. One of the 40 developmental assets thats in The Pigman is “responsibility”. Responsibility is the ability to act or decide something by yourself. Responsibility or lack of responsibility is seen in The Pigman when John and Lorraine take responsibility for their lies, when John and Lorraine throw a wild party at Mr. Pignati’s house, and how John always drinks and smokes.

One way responsibility is seen in The Pigman is when John and Lorraine take responsibility for their lies. Well, at the beginning of the book, we learned that John is a frequent liar. He lies to get out of trouble. So he told Mr. Pignati that they are charity workers. Later on in the book, John reveals that him and Lorraine aren't adult charity workers and says, “ We just had to be honest with you because we like you more than anyone we know.” (Zindel 102) That quote showed that John was really starting to care for Mr. Pignati and he didn’t want to live his life on one big lie. In this way, John and Lorraine took responsibility for their lies they created.

One way responsibility isn’t seen in The Pigman is when John and Lorraine threw a wild party at Mr. Pignati’s house. One day out of the blue when John, Lorraine and Mr. Pignati were hanging out, Mr. Pignati had a terrible heart-attack and was rushed to the hospital. John thought it was a great idea to throw a party so he said, “ Don’t you think Mr. Pignati wants us to have a social life? He smiled, his great big eyes glowing.” (130) That quote doesn't relate to responsibility because during the party many things happened that John and Lorraine didn’t anticipate to happen. Music was played so loud, you could hear it outside. Also Mr. Pignati’s precious pigs got destroyed and his dead wife Concetta's dress got ripped and ruined. In this...
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