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The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Transcript of The Five People You Meet In Heaven
By: Mitch Albom
Why a Movie?
Eddie is a maintenance Worker at Ruby Pier, and aside from fighting in Vietnam, always has been. Eddie's goals and ambitions as a young man were taken from him after being wounded from the war, and he now lives a life he swore he would not.
The Five Lessons
The Blue Man teaches Eddie his first lesson, which is that events are not random and lives intersect for a certain reason.
The Captain teaches Eddie the second lesson of sacrifice.
Ruby teaches Eddie to let go of the anger he has for his father.
Marguerite tells Eddie that she loved him even after her death and that true love endures forever.
For his last lesson, Tala allows Eddie to see that his place in life was to be at Ruby Pier keeping the children safe.
This story takes place in several different locations in both heaven and on earth. The novel begins at Ruby Pier. Eddie grew up very close to Ruby Pier because his father worked there for a living. Ruby Pier was thus a significant setting in Eddie's childhood; the novel flashes back many times to Eddie's childhood involving incidents at Ruby Pier. Ruby Pier is also where Eddie had his career as a maintenance man and is the very place where he was killed on his birthday.
This story begins at the end
After a fatal accident Eddie awakens in Heaven
There Eddie faces five people that have been a part of his life, and he learns about his life on Earth
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.
Eddie's Father: The antagonist, belligerent drunk, not very supportive or caring towards his sons. He hurt Eddie in three major ways, throughout his life, by silence, violence, and neglect.
The Blue Man:The first person Eddie meets in heaven. He was killed as a result of Eddie running in the street after his ball.
The Captain: The second person Eddie meets in heaven; his former war captain.He explained that, although he shot Eddie, he kept his promise by not leaving him behind and even sacrificed his life so Eddie and two other soldiers were able to live.
Ruby: The third person Eddie meets in heaven and also Ruby Pier's namesake.
Margurite: The Fourth person Eddie meets in heaven; Eddie’s wife and only true love. Marguerite was the only happiness in Eddie's life.
Tala: The fifth person Eddie meets in heaven. Tala was the little girl who Eddie saw crawling into the burning fort during the war.
Imagine Life as Eddie
Appeals to a large audience
Has many life lessons
Has action, romance, and a heartwarming story
Is a New York Time best selling novel