Eddie lived a life full of hurt, help, and happiness. Eddie died unexpectedly yet doing what he does best, helping children. He thought his life was a waste, because all he did was work at Ruby Pier. After he went to heaven and met all 5 people he came to the realization that his life was not a waste.
Five People In Heaven Interview “It might seem strange to start a story with an ending. But all endings are also beginnings. We just do not know it at the time” (Albom 1). Eddie recently died by saving a little girl from a ride, but the thing he did not know was that him dying was an end but a beginning. Eddie was eighty-three years old when he died at Ruby Pier where he had worked as a maintenance manager for most of his life.
In the beginning of Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey, Eddie is clearly concerned about his social standing in addition to staying out of trouble and within the rules presented by Munsel. Within three days, Eddie has matured and grown exponentially. “...loss most certainly did frighten me. Loss of my father, loss of Jane, but most of all, loss of my potential obligation. Not my chromatic obligation, you understand, but the loss of my obligation to real truth and justice, deeper and more powerful than I would find in a thousand Rulebooks” (361).
The town of Messina transforms into a known town. Eddie Rake does this by creating a winning and successful team. The community of Messina never really got together and bonded over anything until Eddie Rake became a part of it. For example, the town now gets together every single Friday night to support the football team they know and love. Eddie Rake did make a few mistakes in his lifetime, but as good man would do, he apologizes completely to the entire community for all of them in the letter that is read during his funeral.
The Characterization of Lane Dean Jr. David Foster Wallance’s short story, “Good People”, portrays the main characters issues while pondering the difficulties of spirituality during an emotional event. The main character, Lane Dean Jr. and his girlfriend are faced with a life changing decision: whether to abort the child Sheri is pregnant with or raise the child. Throughout this decision, Dean is faced with many psychological and spiritual dilemmas. While the couple originally decides to have an abortion, Sheri becomes unsure of the decision. While the pace of the story is slow, it emphasizes the emotional distress that both Dean and Sheri are going through.
In the Nonfiction novel written by Mitch Albom, “Tuesdays With Morrie” tells of this author’s experiences with Mitch’s old professor, Morrie. Mitch recalls his experiences with Morrie very personal and impacted his life in a positive manner. Once it was time for Mitch to graduate, he promised his friend that they would stay in contact and continue to strengthen their relationship. Unfortunately, Mitch got caught in the trap of life and lost contact with his old professor for 16 years, until one day Mitch was flipping through channels on his T.V. and sure enough, there his old friend sat. It was on the Ted Koppel show that Morrie was talking about this disease he had encountered, ALS. An article listed by New York Times Explains, “Chances of receiving this disease is 1-1000” (Schwartz 1). This disease is very rare. Instead of acting in a way to scare the audience of this disease, Morrie uses this experience to teach others to view life in a different manner. Mitch eventually came in contact with Morrie and they communicated every Tuesday until the day Morrie died, and each day Mitch grew as a person, changed his perspective on life, and benefited from Morrie’s life lessons. In the story “Tuesdays With Morrie” Mitch Albom uses flashbacks and Imagery to Illustrate that life shouldn’t be put to waste, but lived to the fullest.
Around 1200 B.C.E, Dynasties chose their rulers or emperors by a system called the Mandate of Heaven. Mandate of heaven was a belief that a higher power like the Gods, would select their ruler. The first Chinese ruler to claim his throne came directly from heaven. This is a belief that was built off of chinese traditions of worshiping their ancestors. If the chosen Emperor fails to be kind and rule by the moral standards of the Gods, natural disasters and rebellions would happen and he would eventually be overthrown. King Zhou of the Shang dynasty was overthrown because he began to indulge in drinking, women, and ignored his duties of being emperor. This led to the fall of his rule and the rebellion of his people. The aspiring emperor should use these philosophical passages and beliefs to guide his dynasty to follow the moral laws of the Mandate of Heaven.
Death is a recurring theme in this book. Not only is death explained as being sad, but what is kind of weird is how death can be seen as sort of a happy thing. Dying, in general, is sad. But the whole ordeal of it can bring people together, or fix relationships that have been broken. In the case of Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom, Morrie and Mitch were separated due to the fact that Mitch cared more about his job than the most important things in life; love, work, community, family, aging, forgiveness, and the main theme, death.
“Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It’s how they handle it that makes people unique.” This is a quote by Kevin Conroy. When applied to the novels Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and Night by Elie Wiesel, it is easy to see the truth in Conroy’s words. The characters in each book react to their own adversity in ways the are both similar and different from the reactions of the characters in the other. For example, the adversity affects their religion and outlook on life in different ways, but, in both books, the value and importance of family is reinforced by the struggles they face.
Various religions across the world employ several different concepts that non-believers often find very strange or difficult to grasp. There is however a concept that is universally understood and somewhat accepted by the vast majority of our contemporary society. This is of course the concept of an afterlife. The afterlife can be defined as a sort of state of being where the consciousness of an individual persists even after the physical death of the body. This concept plays a central role in nearly all religions that employ it and is sometimes dependent on the existence of a God. However, not all religions that employ the concept of an afterlife revolve around the existence of a God and taking into account the primal instinct of self-preservation
Many people have different views on heaven. Some people believe there is a heaven while others do not believe there is a heaven. For me, it is hard to determine if there is a heaven, I do believe that there is an afterlife. The five people I will meet in heaven are Angela Merwin, Thomas Lester Wise, Adam Wise, Brandy Mellott, and Sammie Butler-Merwin.