The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Wikipedia
Study Guide Word Buy and download The Five People You Meet in Heaven Study Guide PDF. Tweet about The Five People You Meet in Heaven Study Guide. In this enchanting sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie's heavenly. Read "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom with Rakuten Kobo. Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
He explains that he died because of Eddie: The Blue Man teaches Eddie the lesson of human connection—that all lives are connected, even those of strangers. Eddie again travels through the colors, and then arrives in a familiar jungle battleground. There, he meets the Captain. Stationed in the Philippines, Eddie and his unit are taken captive by enemy. Months later, they plan and execute an escape. While setting the village on fire, Eddie thinks he sees a small shadow moving in one of the huts, and tries to save the person.
He is then shot in the leg and knocked unconscious. He comes home permanently crippled and bitter. In heaven, the Captain reveals that it was he who shot Eddie, trying to get him out of the fire. He also reveals that he died during the escape while trying to get his men out.
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Before leaving him, the Captain teaches Eddie that sacrifice is vital to life, and should be sought after rather than lamented. Eddie travels again, and lands outside of a diner in the mountains, where he sees his father in the window. In heaven, a woman named Ruby appears, and tells Eddie that her husband, Emile, built Ruby Pier in her honor long ago.
Ruby teaches Eddie the lesson of forgiveness, and Eddie lets go of his anger toward his father. Next, Eddie finds himself in a world of weddings, where he finds his wife, Marguerite. Eddie ruined their chances of adopting a child, after Marguerite got into a devastating car accident while trying to stop Eddie from gambling away all their money on his birthday.
In Heaven, the man tells Eddie his life story, and the lesson Eddie is to learn from this first person is that there are no random acts.
All lives are interconnected, and fairness does not govern life or death. The second person Eddie meets is his captain from the war. Four of his men, including Eddie, were captured with him in the Philippines. The captain was killed by a landmine as they were escaping after several months as captives of brutal enemy soldiers.
Eddie was sure that there was a child in a tent he had torched, and he was going into the fire to rescue it. As he headed into the fire, Eddie's leg was shot, leaving him a resentful cripple for the rest of his life.
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His chief resentment is an unproductive life spent maintaining rides in an amusement park as the result of the war and the injury.
He discovers in this second encounter in Heaven that his captain shot him in order to save him from being burned in the tent.
He comes to accept the act of the captain, who was determined to leave no one behind. The lesson he learns is that no one dies for nothing and that when you sacrifice something precious, such as a leg, you always gain something. Eddie just doesn't know yet what he has gained. The third person Eddie meets is a woman named Ruby, for whom Ruby Pier was named long before Eddie's time.
He meets her near a diner, where Eddie is shocked to find his father.
She takes him to a scene in his family's kitchen where an old friend of his father's, Mickey Shea, attempts to assault his mother. His father comes home and chases Mickey with a hammer but ends up rescuing him from an attempted suicide-by-drowning off the pier. Ruby tells Eddie that his father is angry but that he can't let an old friend die without trying to save him. Mickey befriended Eddie's father in times of need.
Besides, Mickey has just lost his job because of his drinking and is drunk at the time. His father gets them both out of the water, but he is unable to get himself up from the beach for several hours. He dies of pneumonia a few weeks later, and Eddie ends up working on the Pier to save his father's job. Once his father dies, he stays on the job, and he and Marguerite move into the same apartment house where he had grown up.
The lesson he learns from this encounter is taught by Ruby. She tells him that anger is self-destructive and that he must forgive. Eddie goes back to the diner and kneels beside his father, who is not able to hear him or speak to him because he has already moved on in Heaven. Eddie tells him that he has forgiven him and is letting his resentment go. The fourth person Eddie meets is his wife, Marguerite.
Their relationship was a rewarding and fulfilling one although it went through a bad period when Eddie lost money at a racetrack. The money would have paid for the adoption of a child that Marguerite wanted very much, since she was unable to bear children. He called her from the racetrack to tell her that he was winning, and she was angry and begged him to come home.
In retaliation for her anger, he foolishly gambled away all he had won.