Character and Setting Notes
Purpose for starting with the end: draws the reader in, and for emphasis
“…all endings are also beginnings.” background information is all done in flashback when in heaven meeting his five people it is written in present tense, and flashes back to retell the story from the perspective of the other person and Eddie’s perspective.
Sequence/order of events- at the beginning it counts down from how much time he has left in his life
His death is foretold, not to be confused with foreshadow, he will be killed by Freddie’s Free Fall
Eddie: Protagonist/main character Round- we know about his life and he is developed throughout the book Dynamic- he changes first by dying, but also because he learns the purpose for occurrences in his life and the meaning of his life. Description of Eddie: squat, white haired old man, faded army tattoo on his right shoulder, left knee wounded in the war- uses a cane. kept a cigarette behind his left ear
Blue Man- Joseph Corvelzchik pg. 39 dynamic- changes not only physically, but is timid and an outsider and then at Ruby Pier he finds a place where he feels he belongs. round- we learn about his background, how he becomes blue, his childhood, his relationship with his family. Joining the freak show then eventually coming to Ruby Pier where for the first time is accepted. foil- he is a foil to Eddie because he finds Ruby Pier as a home, but Eddie has wanted to escape it all his life supporting character- more than a minor character, detrimental to the story but not he main character either lesson/purpose: teaches Eddie all people come into your life for a reason, even if we don’t understand it at the time. There are five people you meet when you get to heaven and they help you to understand your purpose and to look at your life from their perspective.
The Captain- pg.56