Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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In Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven the reader follows a pier maintenance worker named Eddie. Beginning on the day of his death Albom then proceeds to tell the story of what happens after death. What Eddie experiences after his death. In The Five People You Meet in Heaven Eddie is taught five lessons, which are; there are no random acts in life, sacrifice is a part of life, let go of anger, love endures, and that Eddie’s life had a purpose. To begin with, the very first lesson that Eddie learns is that there are no random acts in life. Eddie meets the Blue Man at the pier and he is the one who teaches him this lesson. The Blue Man says, “That there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another as you can separate a breeze from the wind” (Albom 48). This is important as it shows Eddie that what he did with his life affected everyone around him. That even all of the bad that happened in his life had it’s own purpose. The Blue Man says, “But there is a…show more content…
She is the namesake of the pier that Eddie spent the majority of his life. He did not know her directly but rather through Eddie’s father. She teaches Eddie the importance of forgiveness and the darkness that holding onto anger brings to you. Ruby says, “We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us but hatred is a curved blade” (Albom 141). For many years Eddie hated his father for the way he treated him. Ruby shows him that holding onto that anger is poison and that the only way to get rid of it is to forgive. Ruby even tells him this, “Forgive, Edward. Forgive”(Albom 142). That the act of forgiveness has a profound affect on the people around him, but more importantly it has a huge affect on him. A critic of the book states, “It is possible to have a profound affect on somebody’s life without being aware of your influence”(Dennys 2). The simple act of forgiveness could affect someone

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