With reference to Paul Zindel's The Pigman, why would one say that John is conceited?

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When people are considered to be conceited, it means that they think very highly of themselves, which could refer to intellect as well as appearance. In Zindel's The Pigman, John speaks very highly about himself in many different situations. Whether he speaks about himself individually, or whether he compares himself to others like Norton or Dennis, John's confidence in himself is not humbly concealed. For example, it is fine that Lorraine says that John is handsome, but John explicitly agrees with her at the beginning of Chapter Three.

People who are conceited may also show forth a sense of entitlement; that is to say, they feel they deserve good things in life, or they feel they can do whatever they want to do. For instance, when Mr. Pignati buys them all roller skates, John puts them on in the store and skates around a public place. Lorraine says the following about him, which completely describes a conceited person:

"All John was doing was opening his arms and in his own way saying: 'Look at me, world! Look at my life and energy and how glad I am to be alive!'" (97).

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