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The five people you meet in heaven

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the five people you meet in heaven

Mitch Albom
"No story sits by itself. Sometimes stories meet at corners and sometimes they cover another completely, like stones beneath a river." - P.10
"People think of heaven as a paradise garden, a place where they can float on clouds and laze in rivers and mountains. But scenery without solace is meaningless" - P.35
is a source of comfort
Taking heaven out of the picture, I think that this quote is showing us that even though the view may be beautiful, we can't find our inner happiness. If we do not feel comfort in our surroundings, then life itself will mean nothing.

Eddie meets each person in their heaven. Each person chose to remain in a surrounding that reflects a memory. The meaning is that scenery without warm memories is empty.

"When you are an outcast, even a tossed stone can be cherished." - P. 42
"Strangers, are just family you have yet to come to know." - P. 49
"Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You 're just passing it on to someone else." - P.94

In my opinion, I think the quote is saying that you shouldn't be afraid of sacrifice. Big or small, the size of a sacrifice doesn't matter. When sacrificing to help others, you're not losing anything because your giving to somebody else. Sacrifice is also a gain, it can make you a healthier, smarter, more opened minded person and much more.

Isn't dying for someone a good way to

"Why would heaven make you relive your own decay?" - P. 99

It's heaven's way of showing the meaning in Eddie's "meaningless" life. The five people he met were in chronological order based on Eddie's age during the event. Going through his own decay allows him to better understand the lesson. The movement of his body and how he feels reminds Eddie of the state he was in through those events. This would allow him make the experience feel more real.

At the end of the novel, Eddie understand his purpose. He learns that his decay was not as bad. Eddie understood his impact in life. Through his decay he gained knowledge and changed his attitude towards himself and others. He learnt to accept his life and learnt to move past things that hurt him.
All parents damage their children" - P. 104
"People say they "find" love, as if it were an object hidden by a rock." - P. 155
"You can see it from here," she said.
"The Ferris wheel?" he said.
She looked away. "Home."
- P. 169

"Children, you keep them safe. You make good for me." - P. 191
"It's fixed" - 144
"For the bitter and the sweet" - P. 150

When Eddie first encounters Marguerite that's the first sentence he hears from her. In the scene, Marguerite is handing out candy covered almonds at a wedding.

Marriage is the beginning of a new chapter for couples. They vow "for better or for worse". Opposite to the vow, she says the bitter first and then the sweet. In a marriage there are always problems that occur. Once they resolve the problem together they are happy again.

For Eddie, it was a bitter moment when Marguerite died. Now that he is in heaven he'll be reunited.

Knowing that in life there is both bitter and sweet, you can learn to accept it and keep loving.
The first chapter of a book is generally used to create the setting. Therefore, the following quote makes reference to layout of the book and to what is to come.

Albom used "story" as a metaphor for "life". The meaning of "stories meet at corners" is that lives come in contact in instances, but without great significance. In contrary, "they cover one another completely" means that people's lives intertwine with others and that neither has an independent existence. As a result, the story develops and changes due to cause and effect with each encounter.

This can also be viewed as a set of experiences. In the book Eddie states "The end of the line. That's where I work.", showing that he wanted to escape from his job. He thought he lived his entire life doing only one thing, which was being a maintenance man. In fact, he gained many experiences with every life he touched. Each experience gained gets mixed together to create the story of his life.

"Stones beneath a river", these words are played around to be shown as a simile. On top of that, they foreshadow the end of book.
The Blue Man never fit into a normal crowd until he met Ruby Pier. This is a lesson that all ages should learn. It shows that even when you are different you can be cherished. Every living soul is both different and unique, thus nobody should be skipped over.
Bob Marley once said "Your worst enemy could be your best friend and your best friend your worst enemy". This can also relate to strangers. Everywhere around there are people that are a part of our surroundings. At first, they may seem like strangers. If you don't take the time to get to know someone then how will you know who they really are? If you get to know someone they could be much more. They could impact your life forever.

Family isn't just the same blood. It's the connection between each other.

For example, Eddie said "At least with the Blue Man, at least with the Captain, he had some recollection of their place in his life. Why a stranger?". Even though Eddie never met Ruby Pier, she still affected his life.

physical harm caused to something in such a way as to impair its value, usefulness, or normal function.

Most parents want to protect their children from harm. Damage isn't always bad, it's like making a mistake. If you don't make a mistake you can't learn from it. Damage is a part of growth and be can used during some situations. It can be viewed like a metaphor, parents can damage their children in a good way with concern and love.

Of course, there are parents that can damage in bad ways too. Without knowing, even the bad damage can sometimes make a person stronger.

Ruby Pier made a point that Eddie's father was hard on him. The last sentence Eddie's father said was "Get a job.". With those last words, Eddie picked himself up and began to work.

Love isn't a possession represented by rings that bind you. It is a feeling between two people. "But love can take many forms", this feeling is indescribable and is different for everyone. You cannot go searching for love, it just happens when you finally bump into that one stranger.
"Lost love is still love, Eddie. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken, another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it." - P. 173
Eddie was angry at the passing of his wife. The following quote, Marguerite explains that she could feel Eddie's love in heaven.

Memories never die. Eddie never lost love because of the memories he had with Marguerite that stuck with him forever. Eddie couldn't let go of them and for that he suffered. When love seemed like it is weakened due to the death of his wife, Eddie replaced his loss with memories. In Eddie's death, he took his love and memories with him.
This is the moment in which Eddie forgives his father.

Eddie and his father never had a strong relationship. Eddie feels his father destroyed him in three ways: neglect, silence and violence. Even after the death of his father, Eddie was still angry with him for becoming trapped in his job at the pier and taking care of his mother. Eddie feels that because of his father, he was never able to become anything he wanted in life and also that his life held no purpose.

Eddie and his father worked in the maintenance shop together. Eddie's father would point and say "Fix it." and in response he would say "It's fixed".
During the war, Eddie tried saving Tala from the burning hut. He would have died trying if it weren't for Captain. For the remaining of Eddie's life he still remembered that moment and still wondered about her shadow.

When Eddie died, we found out that Tala pulled him into heaven. Tala helped Eddie understand his life. Showing him of all the difference he made at Ruby Pier with every child he cared for. I think Tala knew this and that's why she forgave him.
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