I will analyze the importance of flashbacks throughout the story.
"I'm here to tell you why your father died" (Albom 72)
"He made his sons lie face down on the mattress while he pulled off his belt and lashed their rear ends" (Albom 61)
Eddie's flashbacks of his childhood with an abusive father helps the reader understand how he feels. Ruby is telling him to forgive his father to move on, but based on what he experienced, it is hard for Eddie to do this.
Eddie's flashbacks of his life with Marguerite show the reader how emotional he must feel when he sees her in heaven. They show the reader how much they loved each other and how lucky they both must feel to get to spend one last time togther.
"With Marguerite, he wanted only time—more and more time—and he was granted it, nighttimes and daytimes and nighttimes again" (Albom 98)
"The waters of their love fell again from above and soaked them as surely as the sea that gathered at their feet" (Albom 97)