Love, Family, & Sacrifice

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Love, Family, & Sacrifice

The Five People You Meet In Heaven written by Mitch Albom tells a story about a man named Eddie who dies, and before he is allowed into Heaven, he must meet five people who individually have a lesson for him to learn. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is a book about himself and his last lecture. Pausch has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has a short time to live. Both books talk about life, death, sacrifice, courage, and family and the importance these factors played in their characters lives. After reading these two books, one will learn that love, sacrifice, and family play the most important roles in one’s life like they did in Eddie and Pausch’s lives.

Pausch talks about the first time he met his wife Jai. He fell in love at first sight. Pausch describes the moment like this “From the moment I met her the day of my visit, I just found myself staring at her she’s a beauty, of course, and she had this gorgeous long hair then, and this smile that said a lot about both her warmth and her impishness” (Pausch 75). Not only did he love her, he appreciated her. Pausch stated “If this talk was to be my moment, I wanted some way to show how much I love and appreciate her” (Pausch 199). Their love was so strong that it overcame any obstacle in their lives. Not every love is perfect, but Pausch and Jai’s love is one that many wish they had. Because love is the foundation in a relationship, it’s one of the important factors for a happy life.

Eddie loved his wife Marguarite just as much as Pausch loved his wife. Eddie also fell in love at first sight. This is the way Albom describes Eddie’s first time he saw Marguarite “For the rest of his life, whenever he thought of Marguarite, Eddie would see that moment, her waiving over her shoulder, her dark hair falling over one eye and he would feel the same arterial burst of love” (Albom 9). Even though Eddie was miserable and had a negative outlook of life, the love for his wife...
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