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Review: The Five People You Meet In Heaven By Mitch Albom

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Spenscer Saltsman
Mrs. Drougel
English 12B
3/8/2016

The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

"People think of Heaven as a paradise garden, a place where they can float on clouds and laze in rivers and mountains. But scenery without solace is meaningless." -Narrator on pg. 35 Everyone thinks of heaven as a place where people go when they pass away, they think of heaven as a place where the pearly gates are huge and you lounge around all day. But it is not exactly what it seems. The authors interpretation of Heaven is very different than most others Albom shows that Heaven is a process of “spiritual catharsis” instead of a “singular physical destination.” Eddie learns his journey into the afterlife will only progress if he is forced to deal with the emotions of his
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When Eddie was younger, he received a baseball for a birthday gift. He ran across the street and almost got hit by a car, the person in the car had a heart attack and died. Eddie angrily protests the injustice of the fact that his childhood stupidity resulted in a man's death. The Blue Man simply explains, "fairness does not govern life and death. If it did, no good person would ever die young” (48). Eddie is startled and then goes on about how they didn’t even know the blue man. He states that he and the Blue Man barely knew each other despite the fact that their fates were so intertwined. The Blue Man just says “strangers are just family you have yet to know” (49). Eddie is still confused on why he is meeting the blue man, he asked what good came out of what had happened, and the blue man replies “You lived”. The lesson Eddie had learned while in heaven was that every life has a purpose, even if that purpose does not become clear until after death. He didn’t realize what he had done but he had to come to reality and realize that he can’t change the past and had to suffer the consequences and the guilt of the blue man’s
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