An alcoholic Irishman, the longtime close friend of Eddies’ mother and father. Mickey is impulsive, festive, and lonely. Mickey helps Eddie’s father get his job at Ruby Pier, and when Eddie is born, he gives his parents money for their financial struggles. He is affectionate with Eddie, though often too rough. Mickey’s lowest point is when he loses his job, gets drunk, and tries to rape Eddie’s mother. Eddie’s father chases him down to kill him, but when he sees Mickey falling into the ocean and drowning, he saves him instead. Mickey dies alone and drunk, overwhelmed by guilt for his actions.
Mickey Shea Quotes in The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The The Five People You Meet in Heaven quotes below are all either spoken by Mickey Shea or refer to Mickey Shea. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Hachette Books edition of The Five People You Meet in Heaven published in 2006.).
Chapter 24 Quotes
Religion? Government? Are we not loyal to such things, sometimes to the death? (…) Better to be loyal to one another.
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Mickey Shea Character Timeline in The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The timeline below shows where the character Mickey Shea appears in The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Veteran Affairs hospital, after being returned home from war. His mother, father, brother, Marguerite, and Mickey Shea come into his room with a cake, singing “Happy Birthday.” Eddie wakes up to... (full context)