Love, Family, & Sacrifice

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Love, Family, & Sacrifice The Five People You Meet In Heaven written by Mitch Albom tells a story about a man named Eddie who dies, and before he is allowed into Heaven, he must meet five people who individually have a lesson for him to learn. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is a book about himself and his last lecture. Pausch has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has a short time to live. Both books talk about life, death, sacrifice, courage, and family and the importance these factors played in their characters lives. After reading these two books, one will learn that love, sacrifice, and family play the most important roles in one’s life like they did in Eddie and Pausch’s lives. Pausch talks about the first time he met…show more content…
His wife didn’t agree with his sacrifice and this is how she expressed herself “Call me selfish, Jai told me but I want all of you. Any time you’ll spend working on this lecture is lost time because it’s time away from the kids and from me” (Pausch 5). Even though sacrifice was hard for Pausch, he knew that it was the only way to accomplish his goal. The other common sacrification is neglecting one needs to accommodate someone else’s. This is how Pausch described Jai’s sacrifice “And she won’t tell them all the sacrifices she made. Any mother of three small children is consumed with taking care of them. Throw in a cancer stricken husband and the result is a woman who is always dealing with someone else’s need, not her own” (Pausch 194). When sacrifice has to do with love and family, it has no boundaries. Like The last lecture, The five people you meet in heaven also talks about sacrifices. After Eddie’s father died, he felt he couldn’t leave his mother alone. Here is what Albom said about Eddie’s sacrifice “And where Eddie had accepted a job that would let him keep an eye on his mother” (Albom 128). “My mother needed help one thing led to another, years passed, I never left. I never lived nowhere else. Never made any real money” (Albom 132). This sacrifice hit Eddy hard. He felt that he was stuck in Ruby Pier because of the decision he made. He felt his life was thrown away. Sacrifice can come to one from different angles but

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