The Five People You Meet in Heaven


name two changes in eddies life following his fathers death 

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Ruby points out that his father's pressure did get him off the couch because after their confrontation, Eddie got a job driving a cab. Eddie is also able to forgive his father, at least to some extent. Ruby teaches Eddie about the importance of contextualizing people's actions. Eddie is naturally furious to learn that Mickey Shea tried to assault Eddie's mother, but Ruby urges Eddie not to categorize Mickey as a good man or a bad man. In that moment, Mickey was just desperate and broken, and once he realized how low he had sunk, he wanted to die. Just as Eddie's father was able to put aside Mickey's heinous actions and save his old friend's life, Ruby uges Eddie to do the same.