Analysis Of The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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Although I chose to read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom based primarily on availibility, I am quite happy that I did. The character I liked reading about most was Tala. Her innocence was an appreciated break from not only the very problematic and adult actions of the characters/ people in this book, but in most media ever, and in real life. Although Tala is my favorite character, I 've found I 'm more alike to Ruby. Despite the entirety of our financial situations being very different, we are one and the same in one aspect that was quite crucial to Ruby 's character. We both want people we appreciate to be safe, warm, well-fed, and happy. Ruby 's heaven was a diner where people that she loved and appreciated, and that had…show more content…
This would truly be a wonderful heaven for anyone, but it is a heaven I would especially enjoy. In addition to me strongly identifying with Ruby and her ideals, there were other aspects of the story that connected to my life. For example, all the messages in the story applied to me - the five lessons that Eddie was given in the afterlife*are tropes that are meant to be universal and everyone can truly benefit by taking the messages to heart. There were many interesting parts of this book. One part that was especially intrigueing and powerful was the scene when Tala instructs Eddie to wash her. Tala was described as a beautiful little girl, but as the plot line progressed and Eddie finds out that he had inadvertantly burned her to death while at war, she transformed and became burned and scabbed all over her body. Her once beautiful face was scarred and disfigured. This is a manifestation of…show more content…
However, this being said it made it quite difficult to analyze and see what I would do differently than a character in the book if I were in their shoes. Of course there were many things that the characters shouldn 't have done - such as how Eddie gambled in his younger years, or how Eddie 's mother stayed with Eddie 's father despite him being an abusive alcoholic** - but I can not say I would do anythng differently. To do so would be not only pretentious but an outright lie. These characters, these people, had their own lives, their own demons (some which we knew of, others we didnt) that I couldn 't even begin to understand. And to say I 'd do anything different if I were in their shoes would be completely obsolete because I do not know what I would do. These characters were written to be 3 - Dimensional - their actions and personalities were not a simple right or wrong, or good or bad; I do not know how I would react to their situations because I am not them and I have not experienced what they experienced and that is
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