What are the main settings in The Pigman and why are they important?

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The broader setting of The Pigman is Staten Island, NY in the 1960s.  Some of the more significant settings in the Pigman are the school, the graveyard, the Pigman’s house, and the zoo.  The school is the original setting in the book.  It is where John and Lorraine write the book and the location of many of John’s infamous pranks.  The graveyard is John and Lorraine’s original escape.  They go there to get away from their troubles, mainly those residing in their homes.  The graveyard, though, gives way to Mr. Pignati’s house, because there they find a more comfortable and secure place to spend their time.  This is their home away from home where the hospitable environment Mr. Pignati lends to them acts as their sanctuary more than their real homes ever could.  Finally, the zoo was Mr. Pignai’s getaway, but unfortunately it ended up being the place where tragedy struck on two occasions.  First, upon their visit, they found Mr. Pignati’s beloved monkey, Bobo, dead.  Soon after learning of Bobo’s death, Mr. Pignati suffered his second heart attack and died.