What is the setting in "The Pigman"?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The geographical setting is Staten Island, near but removed from the hustle and bustle of New York City.  Were the story to be set directly in the city, John and Lorraine would likely have more to engage their time and would not be drawn in by the life of Mr. Pignati.  Also, it is more unlikely that Pignati's large and mysterious home would be as open to visitors if placed in New York City.  Homes of his size, in the city, are too often surrounded by high fences for security and seclusion.  However, Staten Island is much smaller, a suburb, and moves at a slower pace than the city. 

Zindel is from Staten Island, and so well-qualified to describe it accurately.  He has reported that the idea for this story came from an experience he had on the island, when staying in a large home.  See the links below for more details, and thanks for using Enotes!

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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There are several settings in The Pigman. The first is high school, specifically Franklin High. That's introduced on the first page of the book. Some scenes are set in Lorraine or John's respective homes.


The main setting, though, is Mr. Pignati's house, 190 Howard Avenue. That's introduced in Chapter 5.

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mfave12 | Student | eNotes Newbie

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The Pigman has diferent settings such as Mr.Pignati's house , Lorraine and John's High School ,and the zoo. 

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angeluvr1 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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 The setting is in New York City in the Pigman’s                                                 neighborhood and John and Lorraine’s school                                                                  Franklin High School. 

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aloha60 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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The setting of The Pigman is a suburban town in Staten Island, New York.  The story takes place in the local high school and Mr. Pignati's home.