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The Five People You Meet In Heaven THEME THEME ANALYSIS POINT OF VIEW/GENRE. Each of the themes in the novel, Eddie learns as lessons in heaven; however, we also see these themes exemplified during. So I was eagerly looking forward to THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN "There are five people you meet in heaven," the Blue Man, Eddie's first encounter, explains. Publication Date: April 7, ; Genres: Fiction; Paperback: pages. Book - The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom Genre. Fiction. Eddie has spent most of his life feeling lonely (his wife, friends, and family all died .
Eddie and Marguerite's wedding was on the rented top floor of a Chinese restaurant and was very low-budget, but the couple holds nothing but fond memories of the occasion - in Eddie's house, Dominguez finds a case of sentimental objects, including a restaurant menu from their wedding night.
When Eddie awakens to a new scene, his fifth and last, he sees children playing along with a riverbed and a young Filipina girl named Tala waves and comes up to him. They attempt to understand each other, but finally, Tala manages to communicate and reveal that she was the little girl from the hut that Eddie set on fire.
And Eddie finally realizes that shadow he had seen all those years ago in the burning hut, and in his nightmares for most of his life afterward, was indeed not imagined - the little girl had been that shadow attempting to flee the flames.
The girl shows Eddie the burns that she suffered when dying from the fire, as her previously clear skin turns to burnt flesh and scars.
Eddie is absolutely distraught and breaks down both cursing and asking God "why? The little girl walks into the river and hands him a stone and asks him to "wash" her like the other children in the river are doing to one another. Eddie is puzzled, tells her he doesn't know how, but then slowly attempts to do as she asks. He dips the stone in the water and starts to scrape off the injuries he had inflicted on her; and soon to his surprise, Tala's wounds begin to clear until she is freed of all the scars.
Eddie then asks Tala if she knows if he was able to save the little girl he attempted to save before his death. He tells her he fears that he failed to save her and he remembers feeling the little girl's hands in his just before his death.
But Tala tells him he did indeed manage to save her, he had actually pushed her out of the way and then reveals that it was her Tala's hands that Eddie had felt instead as she pulled him safely up to Heaven. So in reality, Eddie did manage to save the girl at Ruby Pier. Tala teaches Eddie that his life was not for nothing and that its purpose was to protect all the many children at Ruby Pier through his care for the safety of the rides.The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom (Review #8)
In this way, Tala explains, he also managed to atone every day for her unnecessary death. He is shown a vision of all the many people he saved along the years by his maintenance work, and consequently all their children's children down the generations.
For he wants everyone to be free of accidents, everyone safe. He is once again told that every life touches another and that everything is connected, it is all one big life.
He is also one of the five people to be met by the girl whose life he saved when she dies Characters and their characterizations[ edit ] Eddie: The protagonist and main character around who the story centers; at the start of the story, he is killed on his 83rd birthday.
When he awakes in heaven, he is taken on a journey to meet five people whose lives intertwined with his in many ways which he never expected.
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As an adult he wanted to work as an engineer. Eddie would always remember "her waving over her shoulder, her dark hair falling over one eye. Joseph's skin had been turned blue when he was a boy because of repeated ingestion of silver nitratethought to be an effective medication at the time. He had been given this medication to cure his "nervousness" and bed-wetting at a late age, and Joseph simply attributed all the side effects to not ingesting enough.
Handicapped by this disfigurement, Joseph eventually made a life for himself at Ruby Pier. Joseph is a "middle-aged man with narrow, stooped shoulders, naked from the waist up.
His belly sagged over his belt. His hair was closely cropped. His lips were thin and his face was long and drawn.
Eddie's commanding officer at war. He has a "full head of dark hair" and looked to be "only in his 30s. A woman for whom Ruby Pier is named by her fiance Emile. Ruby's face was "gaunt, with sagging cheeks, rose-colored lipstick, and tightly pulled-back white hair. Ruby's husband, who also created the original Ruby Pier.
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He wore "a chalk-stripe suit and a derby hat. Eddie's mother was known for her tenderness" towards Eddie and his brother Joe.
He abused Eddie his entire life. He smoked cigars  and was a card player. He is a family friend.
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He worked with Eddie's father "fixing rides at Ruby Pier. Mickey attempted to rape Eddie's mother because of loneliness and depression. Mickey and Eddie's father fought, and Mickey was almost killed by Eddie's dad, but eventually, Eddie's dad ended up saving Mickey from drowning in the ocean, causing the pneumonia that killed Eddie's father".
There are no random acts in life The first lesson Eddie learns in heaven is that there are no random acts in life; this is also the main theme of the novel. The Blue Man then would have not become so anxious about nearly hitting Eddie, gotten into an accident and killed. Nicky had just begun driving and was not comfortable carrying a key chain.
He removed his single car key, put it in his jacket pocket and tied the jacket around his waist. When he and his friends returned to the parking lot, he noticed that his key was missing. In the epilogue, we see that when Nicky returned home from the pier that night, he made a new key to replace the one he had lost and ended up selling his car a few months later.
Nicky does not even know Eddie; however, we can assume that when Nicky dies, Eddie will be one of the five people he meets in heaven. Lives are sacrificed to save others While in heaven Eddie learns that the Captain sacrificed his life, during the war, for the sake of Eddie and two other soldiers.
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