The Five People You Meet in Heaven Essay
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. …show more content…
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