Presentation on theme: "The Five People You Meet in Heaven"— Presentation transcript:
1The Five People You Meet in Heaven Vocabulary & Notes
2Reflection With a partner, discuss the following: Where do you think authors gain the inspiration for their novels?“It’s a tale of a life on earth. It’s a tale of life beyond it. It’s a fable about love, a warning about war, and a nod of the cap to the real people of this world, the ones who never get their name in lights.”So, what are some of the topics that Mitch Albom might be touching upon in this novel?
3Author Background: Mitch Albom Who is Mitch Albom?Best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster, and musicianIn 1985, moved to Detroit and became a famous sports journalist at the Detroit Free Press.Currently hosts a daily talk show on WJR radio.Regularly shows up on the shows: ESPN Sports Reporters and SportsCenter.Founded seven charities in the metropolitan Detroit area.Began his career as an author after reuniting with Morrie.Has three best seller novels that became TV movies:The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Tuesdays with Morrie, and For One More Day
5Vocabulary (Pages 1-31)Squat (adj.): short and thick or low and wide, especially in a way which is not attractiveRetrieve (verb): to find something and bring it backImminent (adj.): when an event, likely unpleasant, is about to happen soonSolvent (n.):a substance, usually liquid, that dissolves or can dissolve another substance
6Arthritis (noun): a disease that causes the joints of your body to become swollen and very painful
7Shingles (noun): a disease caused by an infection of the nerve endings, which produces painful red spots
8Lanky (adj.):someone who is lanky is tall and thin, and moves awkwardly
9Halibut (noun): a large flat sea fish used as food Pier (noun): a structure that is built over and into the water so that boats can stop next to it or people can walk along itHalibut (noun): a large flat sea fish used as food
10Vocabulary (Pages 1-31)Nimble (adj.): able to move quickly and easily with light neat movementsSummon (verb): to order someone to come to aplaceAgony (noun): very severe painCacophony (noun): a loud unpleasant mixture of sounds
11Taffy (noun): soft, chewy, sweet food Judy Garland: ( ) a US film actress and singer who first appeared in films as a child. She is most famous for appearing as the character Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.Taffy (noun): soft, chewy, sweet food
12Unravel (verb): when threads, string, rope, etc Unravel (verb): when threads, string, rope, etc., stop being twisted together- Ex: Unraveled cable wire
13Vocabulary (Pages 1-31)Primitive (adj.): very simple, does not have modern parts to make it betterPristine (adj.): extremely fresh or clean; not damaged in any wayLimber (adj.): able to move and bend easilyPerversion (noun): the process of changing something that is natural and good into something that is unnatural and wrong, or the result of such a change
14Kiosk (noun): a small building in the street where newspapers, sweets etc are sold Promenade (noun): a wide road next to the beach, where people can walk for pleasure
15Tenement (noun): a large building divided into apartments, especially in the poorer areas of a city
16Notes (Pages 1-31) Story starts with an ending (Eddie’s death) Setting- sunny, at amusement park, summerEddie’s death – accident involving Freddy’s Free FallEddie:a workingman (a maintenance man)white-haired old man, army tattoo, left knee wounded in war,job was to “maintain” the ridesdies on his 83rd birthday,regular customers knew him, children loved him, teenagers did not love him
18Notes (Pages 1-31)Foreshadowing: p.2 – After all these years he could hear trouble…Onomatopoeia: p.4 – clack-clack-clackDominguez: lanky, boney-cheeked, young man, optimisticEddie planned to leave the pier, but his plans never worked out.He came to the acceptance that this was his life and being a maintenance man was all he would ever be- “got stuck,” “settled”Eddie gives Dominguez money for his vacationWe can infer that they are friends, only friend Eddie has
19Notes (Pages 1-31) Onomatopeoia: p.8 zzzap zzzap P.8 – teenagers do not respect himMarguerite- what assumption can you make?Theme (p.10) – connectedness (everything in life is connected in some way)Foreshadowing (p.11)- the missing key…how?Key is also demonstrates the theme of connectednessEddie leads a lonely lifeNearly lost everyone he cared aboutFinal words- “Get back”
20Notes (Pages 1-31)P. 18- example 2 of the theme – the little girl ..how?Last thing Eddie felt before his death- two hands in his ownItalicized sections represent flashbacks of Eddie’s life.The JourneyEddie’s journey to heaven- feels no emotion, sadness or pain; feels calm like a childEddie’s Fifth BirthdayMickey Shea- works with his father; alcoholicWhat can you infer about Eddie’s relationship with his parents?
21Notes (Pages 1-31) The Arrival: Woke up in a teacup; at Ruby Pier 75 years agoNo pain, doesn’t need a cane, BUT can’t speak (has no voice)Hears a voice coming from the sideshow, also known as the freak houseA man with blue skin tells Eddie that he as been waiting for him.
22Vocabulary (Pages 32-55)Grotesque (adjective): unpleasant, shocking, and offensive; extremely ugly in a strange or unnatural way (Example: The Blue Man)Belittle (verb): to make someone or something seem small or unimportantSilver nitrate (noun): A poisonous colorless crystalline compound, AgNO3, that becomes grayish black when exposed to light in the presence of organic matter and is used in manufacturing photographic film, silvering mirrors, dyeing hair, plating silver, and in medicine as a cautery (burning dead tissue) and antiseptic
24Vocabulary (Pages 32-55)Agitated (adjective): so nervous or upset that you are unable to keep still or think calmlyCommodity (noun): a product that is bought or sold; a useful quality or thingRelent (verb): to change your attitude and become less strict or cruel towards someone
25Notes (Pages 32-55) Eddie had barely known the blue man. Eddie’s body feels like a child’s because that is when he knew the Blue Man . You start with the same feelings you had.Heaven has steps. The Blue man is in two, Eddie is in oneYou can not talk so that you can listenWhy is Eddie in Heaven:To meet 5 peopleEach was in his life for a reason… you may not know it at the time, so that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earthHow does the Blue Man say people think of heaven?- place to have your life explained to you
26Notes (Pages 32-55)The Blue Man is the first person Eddie meets: he went through five people and waited in heaven for Eddie to tell him his story, which is a part of Eddie’s.Some people he knew, some he didn’t BUT they all changed his life forever.Blue Man tells Eddie that he killed him.Flashback - Eddie’s 7th birthday –Receives a new baseball as his present…ball is overthrown and Eddie and Joe chase after itTheme of connectedness: the baseball he received on his seventh birthdayThe Blue Man: Immigrant from Poland, had no money growing up, nervous child by nature, father worked in a sweatshop and eventually joined him, wet his pants at his father’s work and father refused to speak to him- he had shamed him… became a nervous young man
27Notes (Pages 32-55)The Blue Man went to a chemist for medicine for his nerves -> gave him silver nitrate (later considered poison) -> mix with water and take every nightIt wasn’t working, so he took more than he was supposed to = skin was turning the color of ash and turned from gray to blue- side effect of the poisonGot fired -> ran into carnival workers one night and agreed to join their carnival -> then later came to Ruby Pier and that became his homeThey are at Ruby Pier because that is where heaven is for the Blue Man. This is not Eddie’s heaven
28Notes (Pages 32-55)Same story- two different angles, two different endings, one happy and one sadEddie’s side:Playing baseball with his friends -> ball flies over Eddie’s head -> runs into the street chasing after it -> runs in front of a carThe car screeches and veers and just misses him.Then, he goes back to his friends as if nothing happened and continues on with his friends
29Notes (Pages 32-55) Blue Man’s side: Borrows a car to practice driving, road is wet, and suddenly a baseball and a boy appear in front.Slams on the brakes -> car skids -> man regains control of the carSees in the rearview mirror the boy has disappeared but the man’s body is still affected from almost hitting the boy.Experiences a jolt of adrenaline -> heart is pumping too fast -> feels dizzy -> drops his head, and almost collides with another car.The man veers -> slams his brakes -> and the car skids until it collides with the back of a parked truckThe crash causes the man to smack into the steering wheel, and his head is bleeding -> Gets out -> sees the damage -> collapses -> has a heart attack and dies.
30Notes (32-55) Flashback: Eddie’s 8th birthday Eddie is mad that he has to go somewhere on his birthday and doesn’t think it is fairHe knows he is supposed to be sad, but instead is mad, and counting down until it is over.Little does he know that he is at the Blue Man’s funeral, the man he unknowingly killed
31The First LessonEddie thinks he is in heaven for justice, to pay for his sin.Blue Man is really there to teach him something.Lesson 1: There are no random acts in life. We are all connected.Fairness is not involved in life and death.Eddie was at his funeral and didn’t even know it.The good from the Blue Man’s death is that Eddie lived.
32Connecting Art & Literature Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgment”
34ConnectionExplain how artists have been depicting heaven and hell for centuries. How does the media perceive the afterlife?How does Eddie perceives heaven as a place for punishment and the prevalence of this notion in today’s society.Are there other depictions of the afterlife in contrast to paradise vs hell?
35Author’s View of Heaven 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."This is the greatest gift God can give you: to understand what happened in your life. To have it explained. It is the peace you have been searching for."Eddie coughed, trying to bring up his voice. He was tired of being silent."I am your first person, Edward. When I died, my life was illuminated by five others, and then I came here to wait for you, to stand in your line, to tell you my story, which becomes part of yours. There will be others for you, too. Some you knew, maybe some you didn't. But they all crossed your path before they died. And they altered it forever."
36Do-NowExplain how action and consequence are connected.
37Writing Assignment “There are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate onelife from another than you can separate a breezefrom the wind.”Explain this quote in your own words.Then, relate this idea to your own life.For example: How different would life be if you didn’t meet your: best friend, your sibling, or a certain role-model?
38VocabularyBandolier (noun): a belt that goes over someone's shoulder and is used to carry bulletsOblige (verb): when someone does something because they have to and it is necessaryBayonet (noun): a long knife that is fixed to the end of a rifleBurlap (noun): a type of thick rough clothBarracks (noun): a building or group of buildings in which soldiers liveDiversion (noun): something that stops you from paying attention to what you are doing or what is happening
41Notes (P. 56-97) Eddie’s body is now changing Acting like a soldier No longer limber- muscles are tightActing like a soldier“Fear had found him, even in heaven.”Mother’s reaction to war vs. father’s reaction to warMother cares, father is distantHad a goal before the war- to study engineeringEddie thought war would make him a man.Mickey Shea’s advice: thinking gets you killed
42Notes (P )Second Person: Eddie’s Captain from the war (his commanding officer)Was not expecting himCaptain’s promise- “leave no one behind”Eddie tells the Captain that he still does not understand why he is in heaven.Eddie did not keep in touch with the men in his unit.Hurt too much
43Notes (P. 56-97) Eddie and his unit were captured: Kept in a coal mineAll had different reactions to being captured4 months in- Rabozzo gets really sickShot by captorsRabozzo’s death really affects EddieStops praying and counting the daysThought they were going to die there.Eddie gets himself and the unit free by creating a diversion.Pretends to sing a melody- really telling his men to be ready to attackGrabbed a rock -> threw it at Crazy Two -> killed all of the CraziesRevenge
44Notes (P )Eddie and his men burned down the huts, mines, and surrounding areasEddie goes into a burning barnThinks he sees a small child; convinced he sees someoneHallucinatingLost his mind at this point; reached his breaking pointBurning in the barn-> gets shot in the knee and dragged out of the burning barn
45Notes (P. 56-97) Eddie feels a rush of pain and anger; scars return Eddie tackles the Captain, and they wrestle through the vinesWhy?Eddie would have diedWasn’t his timeOnly had a minute to get outCaptain took his leg to save his life (Sacrifice)Got into the transport vehicle -> reached a gateCaptain got out to check the pathSignaled the men to move forward- path was clearCaptain stepped on a land mine and blew to pieces
46Notes (P. 56-97) THE SECOND LESSON: Captain has been waiting at his burial groundDying is not the end; Earth is only the beginningHeaven is to make sense of your yesterdaysSacrifice- Eddie made one, Captain made BUT Eddie was angry and kept thinking of his losses“Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something you aspire to. Little sacrifices. Big sacrifices.”
47Notes (P. 56-97) THE SECOND LESSON: Rabozzo- sacrificed his life BUT his brother became a great solider and a great man- inspiredCaptain did not die for nothing- they all would’ve diedCaptain was waiting for Eddie’s forgivenessCaptain’s heaven:Wanted to see a world without warWar zone came to life- green grass, blue skyThe captain sees where he dies differently than Eddie
48Vocabulary (Pages 98-119) Firmament (noun): the sky or heaven Succulent (adj): juicy and good to eatGurney (noun): a long narrow table with wheels used for moving sick people in a hospitalSolitude (noun): when you are alone, especially when this is what you enjoyEntrust (verb): to make someone responsible for doing something important, or for taking care of someoneMeager (adj): when the amount of something is too small and is much less than you need
49Vocabulary (Pages )Callous (adj): not caring that other people are sufferingMimic (verb): to copy the way someone speaks or behaves, especially in order to make people laughUnbeknownst (adverb): without that person knowing about itInexplicable (adj): too unusual or strange to be explained or understoodCovet (verb): to have a very strong desire to have something that someone else has
50Vocabulary (Pages )Bodice (noun): the part of a woman's dress above her waistParasol (noun): a type of umbrella used to provide shade from the sunAgitation(noun): when you are so anxious, nervous, or upset that you cannot think calmly:
51Notes (Pages 98-119) Eddie is now in the mountains with snow Physical changes: older; body is flabbier, looserBecoming the man he was on EarthKnee pain is still thereStumbles upon a dinerPeople in there are from different decades and everyone has been woundedLooks over and sees his dadSignificance in the way his dad is sitting:Ignoring him even in heaven
52Notes (Pages 98-119) Eddie’s 24th birthday: Only his mother is singingHis father doesn’t move to sit- just stands and stares out the windowContinues to stare at his leg- disappointed in himWhy does Eddie want to cry?Damage done by Eddie’s father:Neglect as an infant (wouldn’t hold him)Grabbed him by the arm as a childLeft for someone to watch at the pierFather = disciplineEddie wanted his father’s attention
53Notes (Pages 98-119) His father played cards 4 nights a week Involved drinkingWould smack Eddie across the faceWhen his father drank, he physically and verbally abused Eddie and Joe:Yelled, whipped with a belt, throw them against the wall, throw their toys around the roomDamage #2: ViolencePrivately adored his father = how you learn devotionTold Eddie he had to protect his brother; be his “keeper”
54Notes (Pages )Eddie started following his father’s footsteps in junior highRan the ridesBegan to fix thingsEnvied his brother for not having to do dirty workEddie’s father thought Joe was not strong enough for his line of work.Damage #3: Denial of affectionThe night Eddie and his father stopped speaking:“Get a job”FIRST time Eddie defends himself – grabs his father’s armDamage #4: Silence
55Notes (Pages )Eddie meets an old woman who tells him that his father can’t hear him.His soul is safe..part of the woman’s eternityEddie still does not understand why he is heavenAsks the woman if he can go back to his last day“This place” makes no sense to him.Does not feel like an angelYou have peace when you make it with yourselfEddie does not know this woman, but she knows him
56Notes (Pages 98-119) Old woman: Eddie’s third person = Ruby Worked at Seahorse GrilleEddie used to eat breakfast there.Met Emile- earned his wealth, swore to build a resort park just for her to capture the moment of his proposal and to stay forever youngKept his promise and built a lavish amusement for her and name it “Ruby Pier.”Eddie’s third person = Ruby
57Vocabulary (Pages )Roustabouts (noun): a man who does work for which he needs to be strong but not skilled, especially in a port, an oilfield, or a circusFruitless (adj): failing to achieve what was wanted, especially after a lot of effortRecede (verb): when something gets further and further away until it disappearsFalter (verb): to become weaker and unable to continue in an effective wayCoarse (adj): having a rough surface that feels slightly hardSubsequent (adj): happening or coming after something elseHaltingly (adverb): if your speech or movements are halting, you stop for a moment between words or movements, especially because you are not confident
58Notes ( )A big July 4th fire destroyed the original Ruby Pier entrance, and Ruby Pier was in flames.A column collapsed onto Emile when he insisted on going to the fire and throwing water on the entrance because it was Ruby.Lives changed in one nightMinimal insurance- lost his fortune and the pierPark was reopened but wasn’t theirs anymoreTook Emile 3 years to walk on his ownThey moved away, lived modestly, Ruby tended to EmileRuby’s wish: That Emile had never built the pier
59Notes (120-145) Emile was sickly…Ruby widowed at 50 Never wanted to see Ruby Pier againRuby’s idea of heaven (p.123): far away from the ocean and back in that diner when days were simpleWe go through places that would not be if not for those that came before us:No Emile, then no husband. If no marriage, no pier. If no pier, Eddie would not have worked there.Ruby is here to tell Eddie why his father died.Phone call from Eddie’s motherFather collapsed, raging feverA few days earlier- his father came home soaking wet, developed a bad cough that got much worse (pneumonia)
60Notes ( )Eddie was mad that his mother was blaming herself…his father’s drunken faultHis condition worsened from fair to serious.Eddie helped out at the pier to protect his father’s job.Wanted to avoid the pier his whole lifeEnds up doing his father’s workEddie just holds up his grease-stained fingertips when he visits his father at the hospital.Why?Make him proud- that is what he wanted for Eddie
61Notes (120-145) Eddie felt empty anger when he father died. Nothing heroic about his deathEddie’s mother was in a dazeCooked for twoTalked to him like he was still thereYelled for him to turn down the radioFluffed pillows on both sides of the bedCaused Eddie to quit driving a cabMoved into the building he grew up inAccepted a job as a maintenance man at Ruby Pier to keep an eye on his motherCursed his father for trapping him in this life and dying
62Notes (120-145) Why is Eddie dark on his birthdays? Foreshadowing: “Eddie thinks about Marguerite. He always thinks about Marguerite when Noel mentions the race track” (p.131).Eddie got stuckGot used to his work at the pier- just never leftRuby knows something Eddie does not.
63Notes ( )Mickey, in a drunken state, began to take sexual advantage over Eddie’s motherGrabbing her, touching her, pushing her against the wallEddie’s father comes home, sees this, and chases after Mickey out of the apartment and into the rain.Mickey jumps into the ocean and Eddie’s father jumps in after himFighting in the oceanEnds up saving Mickey from drowningGoes into the ocean to fight Mickey, possibly kill BUT in the end he couldn’t… he knew who Mickey wasMickey got his father a job, lent money when Eddie was born= took old friendships seriously
64Notes (120-145) “Things are not always what they seem.” Mickey got fired that day.He got really drunk… came looking for helpNot an evil person- acted out of loneliness and desperationEddie’s father acted on impulse – first to kill, then to saveThis is how Eddie’s father got sick… laying on the beach for hours, too weak to moveDied because of loyalty
65Notes (120-145) Eddie’s father never spoke of that night again. He was ashamed.Stopped speaking entirely in the hospitalSilence was his escape BUT thoughts still haunted himIn the hospitalFell into a comaOne night, nurses found him hanging half way out of the window calling for his family
66Vocabulary (p. 147-end)Deformed: something that is deformed has the wrong shape, especially because it has grown or developed wronglyAmbushed: a sudden attack on someone by people who have been hiding and waiting for them, or the place where this happensRelentless: strict, cruel, or determined, without ever stoppingEmbankment: a wide wall of earth or stones built to stop water from flooding an area, or to support a road or railwayEmbroidered: to decorate cloth by sewing a pattern, picture, or words on it with colored threadsCharred: something that is burned until blackEngulf: to completely surround or cover something; feel something completely
67Notes (p.147-end) Eddie has aged by the fourth person Coming close to the end of his five peopleApproaches all different wedding receptions with different cultureCelebrating love in various waysEddie hates weddingsEmbarrassedCan’t do anything at themWould avoid them