Mitch Albom Writing Styles in The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Point of View

The point of view is third person. Readers learn what Eddie is thinking and feeling, but no one else. This is sometimes called third person, limited omniscient narration. In this story, the point of view draws the reader into Eddie's life, leading us to become emotionally involved with this character. We cry for his sadness; we suffer with him in his anguish. We are outraged when he is abused by his father; we rejoice in his reunion with Marguerite. That close connection with a character is only possible when readers are allowed into his thoughts and feelings, and third person limited omniscient narration makes that possible.

Setting

Ruby Pier as the physical setting for the story allows Albom to make the points he wants to make about his Uncle Eddie's life, although reconstructed and reshaped. It provides the means for illustrating a career that is not...

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