The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is an allegorical story of a man named Eddie who dies, goes to Heaven, and meets five people who, in some way or another, were impacted or had an impact on his life. Whether or not Eddie knew it, God had put these people in Eddie's life for a reason, and he goes to Heaven and finds out answers about his life and the people he is meeting. The story starts with Eddie, an old man (Eighty years old to be exact) who works at Ruby Pier, a carnival-like amusement park. Eddie has worked there for most all of his life (except when he served in the war), and, even though today is his birthday, he still does everything the same way he would do things any other day. Today would be different
…show more content…
At this point, Eddie was very confused, and then, almost as if the blue man could hear Eddie's thoughts, began to tell Eddie all about why he was here and about himself. Eddie is told that the blue man was one of five people he would meet on his journey, and this journey was to find out answers about his life that he would not have ever know. These five people were in some way, a big part of Eddie's life whether Eddie knew it or not.
The blue man, whose real name is Joseph Corvelzchik, proceeds to tell Eddie all about his past and the reason his skin turned blue. This is because he had taken nitroglycerin for a nerve condition that he had, and it turned his skin blue and caused all his hair to fall out. Eddie (who is now barely able to speak) vaguely remembers this man from his childhood but does not realize what important part this man had in his life. Joseph then tells Eddie how he killed him. Eddie does not believe it until Joseph shows him a time where Eddie and his friends were playing stickball in his yard when the ball rolled into the street. Eddie went to go get it just as Joseph was driving by. Joseph swerved out of the way, crashed into the rear of a parked car and rolls into an alley. He gets out unscathed, but his heart was racing from that almost accident and then, sadly, he had a heart attack and died. He had been waiting there in that tent in heaven for Eddie all those years. Eddie cannot believe