The Five People You Meet in Heaven Essay

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This novel’s first and almost only main character is Eddie, an eighty-three year old man. He is a man who has lived almost his entire life on Ruby Pier, an amusement park right on the ocean. He is head of maintenance at the pier, which was his father’s job when Eddie was a child. Eddie is the protagonist of the novel and a dynamic one at that, as the story covers the day he was born, died, and everywhere between the two.
     Eddie’s wife, Marguerite, is dead before the novel begins. She died when they were in their late forties from a brain tumor. The story flashes back to the days they spent together and shows them together in the afterlife. She is also a very dynamic character.
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Sometimes Eddie meets a person who he knew when he was a child. When this is the case, while on the “journey”, Eddie, although still appearing as an old man, can move just like a child. For instance, a baby very flexible, so in certain cases Eddie could move flexibly. This “journey” place is a very odd place but a very notable one as well.
     The story begins at the end of Eddie’s life, which is really the beginning for the ending which is about to begin. Furthermore, the ending that is the story isn’t really an ending but a continuation of the beginning. It starts out on Eddie’s eighty-third birthday, where Eddie dies trying to save a little girl from a falling piece of a ride. He is then taken on journey through heaven where he meets five people, each with something to teach him about why his life happened. The people include: a Blue Man, a circus freak at Ruby Pier; Eddie’s Captain during World War II; Ruby, the woman the pier is named after; Marguerite, Eddie’s wife; a little Japanese girl that Eddie tried to save during the war. Some of these people Eddie barely remembers, and some of them he never even met. But they all had something to do with the way he lived.
Through meeting all of these people Eddie learns a lot about the purpose and story of his life. They tell him why certain things happened, and how they helped create the story of Eddie. But ultimately, Eddie learns

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