The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Characters) by thrs rys on Prezi
May 13, Eddie is the main character and protagonist in The Five People You Meet In Heaven. Eddie, who has always seen his life as a waste and. The protagonist and main character around who to meet five people whose lives intertwined with his in. Eddie, the main character of The Five People You Meet In Heaven, is a kind caring old man that watches out for everyone at the pier. He used to be in the war a.
The little girl walks into the river and hands him a stone and asks him to "wash" her like the other children in the river are doing to one another. Eddie is puzzled, tells her he doesn't know how, but then slowly attempts to do as she asks.
He dips the stone in the water and starts to scrape off the injuries he had inflicted on her; and soon to his surprise Tala's wounds begin to clear until she is freed of all the scars. Eddie then asks Tala if she knows if he was able to save the little girl he attempted to save before his death.
He tells her he fears that he failed to save her and he remembers feeling the little girl's hands in his just before his death. But Tala tells him he did indeed manage to save her, he had actually pushed her out of the way, and then reveals that it was her Tala's hands that Eddie had felt instead as she pulled him safely up to Heaven.
So in reality, Eddie did manage to save the girl at Ruby Pier. Tala teaches Eddie that his life was not for nothing and that its purpose was to protect all the many children at Ruby Pier through his care for the safety of the rides. In this way, Tala explains, he also managed to atone every day for her unnecessary death. He is shown a vision of all the many people he saved along the years by his maintenance work, and consequently all their children's children down the generations.
For he wants everyone to be free of accidents, everyone safe. He is once again told that every life touches another and that everything is connected, it is all one big life. He is also one of the five people to be met by the girl whose life he saved when she dies Characters and their characterizations[ edit ] Eddie: The protagonist and main character around who the story centers; at the start of the story, he is killed on his 83rd birthday.
When he awakes in heaven, he is taken on a journey to meet five people whose lives intertwined with his in many ways which he never expected.
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As an adult he wanted to work as an engineer. Eddie would always remember "her waving over her shoulder, her dark hair falling over one eye. Joseph's skin had been turned blue when he was a boy because of repeated ingestion of silver nitratethought to be an effective medication at the time.
He had been given this medication to cure his "nervousness" and bed-wetting at a late age, and Joseph simply attributed all the side effects to not ingesting enough. Handicapped by this disfigurement, Joseph eventually made a life for himself at Ruby Pier.
Joseph is a "middle-aged man with narrow, stooped shoulders, naked from the waist up. His belly sagged over his belt. His hair was closely cropped. His lips were thin and his face was long and drawn. Eddie's commanding officer at war. He has a "full head of dark hair" and looked to be "only in his 30s.
A woman for whom Ruby Pier is named by her fiance Emile. Ruby's face was "gaunt, with sagging cheeks, rose-colored lipstick, and tightly pulled-back white hair. Ruby's husband, who also created the original Ruby Pier. He wore "a chalk-stripe suit and a derby hat. Eddie's mother was known for her tenderness" towards Eddie and his brother Joe.
He abused Eddie his entire life. He smoked cigars  and was a card player. He is a family friend.
He worked with Eddie's father "fixing rides at Ruby Pier. Mickey attempted to rape Eddie's mother because of loneliness and depression. Mickey and Eddie's father fought, and Mickey was almost killed by Eddie's dad, but eventually, Eddie's dad ended up saving Mickey from drowning in the ocean, causing the pneumonia that killed Eddie's father".
He is Eddie's friend and coworker at Ruby Pier. He is "a lanky, bony-cheeked young man. Amy or Annie is the "little girl with a pipe-cleaner animal". Tala is a young girl Eddie sees in a burning hut.
She is a Filipina, maybe five or six years old with "a beautiful cinnamon complexion, hair the color of dark plum, a small flat nose, full lips that spread joyfully over her gapped teeth, and the most arresting eyes. Nicky is a young man who visited Ruby Pier, and practically the reason why Eddie died. He dropped his car keys in the Freddy's Free Fall ride, causing its gears to jam and its cable to snap. Nicky claims to be Ruby's great-grandson. Selected quotations[ edit ] "It is because the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect.
That death doesn't just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret. It's something to aspire to. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. July Learn how and when to remove this template message The theme of the book changes as Eddie progresses through heaven, each theme being the lesson Eddie learns from each of the people he meets in heaven: Everything happens for a reason. There are no random events in life. All lives and experiences are interconnected in some way, and even the little things you do can affect other people's lives and experiences dramatically.
The Blue Man states " Sacrifices are a part of life. Everyone makes these sacrifices. Some sacrifices are big, and others are day-to-day small sacrifices, but they all make an impact in other people's lives.
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The importance of releasing anger and granting forgiveness. There is always more than one side to a story. The power of love, even after death. There are multiple forms of love, some stronger than others. Lost love is the strongest kind of love, the kind that can be felt even across enormous distances. Ruby recounts his father's last moments of his life to Eddie. Eddie, whose father had never shown love or affection for Eddie, was angry with his dad.
Then Ruby shows him the importance of forgiveness and how hatred could significantly impact and consume you. Because of Ruby, Eddie is able to forgive his father for not being the parental figure that he should have been. Marguerite is the fourth person Eddie meets in heaven. Marguerite was Eddie's wife and true love. While Eddie was betting on horse races, he calls Marguerite to share his good news. After an argument over the phone, Marguerite drives to the horse races to apologize.
In an accident caused by teenagers messing with drivers on a bridge above the road, Marguerite is fatally injured in a car accident. After the tragic event, their marriage is not the same. The cost of her medical bills prevent the couple from adopting a child. Then, a few years later, Marguerite dies from a brain tumor. After her death, Eddie had felt that Marguerite left him too soon. In heaven, Marguerite teaches Eddie that life ends, but love goes on forever; in Eddie's case, love just took on a different form.
Tala is the fifth and last person that Eddie meets in heaven. Tala is a little Asian girl, about five or six years old. From Tala, Eddie learns that she was the figure in the burning hut that he thought he had seen; Eddie learns that he had burned Tala alive.