Love, Family, & Sacrifice Essay

1150 Words Nov 27th, 2009 5 Pages
Love, Family, & Sacrifice

The Five People You Meet In Heaven written by Mitch Albom tells a story about a man named Eddie who dies, and before he is allowed into Heaven, he must meet five people who individually have a lesson for him to learn. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is a book about himself and his last lecture. Pausch has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has a short time to live. Both books talk about life, death, sacrifice, courage, and family and the importance these factors played in their characters lives. After reading these two books, one will learn that love, sacrifice, and family play the most important roles in one’s life like they did in Eddie and Pausch’s lives.

Pausch talks about the first time he met
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Family is also important. Family keeps one going refraining one from giving up. With the support of family, one can reach their goals and dreams. For Pausch, his family played a great part in his achievements. Pausch had a good relationship with both of his parents. He writes “For a million reasons, my dad was my hero” (Pausch 21). In a child’s life, love and attention are needed. Pausch had a happy childhood, which led him to achieve his goals and dreams. He states “The smile on that kid’s face, the wood seat, the look in his eyes; that photo reminds me that I won the parent lottery” (Pausch 25).

Unlike Pausch, Eddie didn’t have a good relationship with his father. Albom states “The damage done by Eddie’s father was, at the beginning, the damage of neglect” (Albom 104). Eddie felt his family was a stressful situation. When children grow up being neglected and without their parent’s support, it’s harder for them to fulfill their dreams. Eddie blamed his father for the path his life took. He felt resentment towards his father and this is how Eddie felt “I was angry with you dad, I hated you. You beat me. You shut me out” (Albom 144 ). Family is the most valuable possession one has in life. If Eddie had a father like Pausch, he probably would have reached his goals and not lived a life full of resentment.

Sometimes one has to sacrifice to gain. The

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