The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Blue Man Character Analysis

A member of the human “freak show” at Ruby Pier during Eddie’s childhood, and one of the five people Eddie meets in heaven. He is an anxious, lonely, and forgiving man. Born Joseph Corvelzchik, his first memory is his mother lifting him over the ocean as they emigrated from Poland. As a small child, his parents forced him to work in a sweatshop out of economic desperation. He was then given silver nitrate for his nerves, which turned his skin the color blue. Shunned by society, he was invited to join a traveling circus. After years of traveling, he settled permanently at Ruby Pier, where he found community and a sense of home. He died from a heart attack, caused by the shock from a young Eddie running into the street after a lost ball on his birthday. The Blue Man teaches Eddie that all lives are connected, even strangers.

The Blue Man Quotes in The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The The Five People You Meet in Heaven quotes below are all either spoken by The Blue Man or refer to The Blue Man. 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:
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). 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 6 Quotes

People think of heaven as a paradise garden, a place where they can float on clouds and laze in rivers and mountains. But scenery without solace is meaningless. This is the greatest gift God can give you: to understand what happened in your life.

Related Characters: The Blue Man (speaker), Eddie, God
Page Number: 35
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Chapter 10 Quotes

You are here so I can teach you something (…) That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.

Related Characters: The Blue Man (speaker), Eddie
Page Number: 47-48
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It is because the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed.

Related Characters: The Blue Man (speaker), Eddie
Page Number: 48
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Strangers (…) are just family you have yet to come to know.”

Related Characters: The Blue Man (speaker), Eddie
Page Number: 49
Explanation and Analysis:

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No life is a waste (…) The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.

Related Characters: The Blue Man (speaker), Eddie
Page Number: 50
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The Blue Man Character Timeline in The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The timeline below shows where the character The Blue Man appears in The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Value in Ordinary Life Theme Icon
Time Theme Icon
...a pitifully ugly man, and Eddie walks through a dark hall until he encounters the Blue Man —the first person Eddie will meet in heaven. Eddie recognizes the sad, calm expression of... (full context)
Chapter 6
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Cycle of Life and Death Theme Icon
The Value in Ordinary Life Theme Icon
Time Theme Icon
Eddie feels like he is dreaming. The Blue Man explains that he is dead and in heaven, and that he feels like a child... (full context)
Chapter 8
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Value in Ordinary Life Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
In heaven, Eddie denies killing the Blue Man . Calmly, the Blue Man tells his story. Born Joseph Corvelzchik, his first memory was... (full context)
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
...his friends. The narrator now recounts the same story, only from the perspective of the Blue Man . The Blue Man is driving when suddenly he sees a boy run into the... (full context)
Chapter 10
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
Time Theme Icon
Eddie feels remorseful that the Blue Man died from his own foolish childhood mistake, and pleads with the Blue Man not to... (full context)
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Cycle of Life and Death Theme Icon
The Blue Man transports Eddie to the memory of his funeral. Eddie realizes he was there as a... (full context)
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Cycle of Life and Death Theme Icon
The Value in Ordinary Life Theme Icon
The Blue Man embraces Eddie, and Eddie suddenly feels all of the emotions the Blue Man felt during... (full context)
Chapter 16
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Cycle of Life and Death Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
Eddie remembers from the Blue Man that people waiting in heaven can make it look as they wish. He asks the... (full context)