In the book, Tuesdays with Morrie, an old college professor, Morrie Swartz, teaches his former student, Mitch Albom, the meaning of life plus common struggles that people deal with in their daily lives. The author, Mitch Albom, describes in his memoir the views of life that Morrie Swartz made which was articulated in this book. Mitch Albom also creates his voice in the story with his life’s struggles and how Morrie gave him the lessons to get through them. The main views of life that the story presents is that death is always imminent, to be surrounded with family, and immerse fully into emotions. One view of life that the story presents is that death is always imminent. Death is mostly a touchy subject for some people. Accepting it is the …show more content…
“Love each other or perish.” Family is the foundation that love starts on. Everybody needs family like they need air to breathe. People are dependent on their family when going through deep struggles or even sticky situations. Morrie was surrounded by his family during his daunting journey through ALS. He stressed this viewpoint to the author and how important it is to have support, love, care, and concern that all comes with having a family. Death links to family in many ways throughout the story. One example of this is when the author states, “Yet when I looked at Morrie, I wondered if I were in his shoes, about to die, and I had no family, no children, would the emptiness be unbearable?” The answer is yes, it would be unbearable to have no one there to help or reach out to. As Morrie put it, “Sure, people would come visit, friends, associates, but it’s not the same as having someone who will not leave. It’s not the same as having someone whom you know has an eye on you, is watching you the whole time.” This is another viewpoint that the story presents and Morrie articulates in his point of view. There is no substitute for family and their will always be a need to be surrounded by family through life’s struggles. The last view of life is to immerse fully into emotions. Fear, happiness, and love are some emotions that people deal with in their everyday lives. Emotions are how people express themselves
Morrie talks about Erikson’s identity against the stage of role confusion of psychosocial development. The book is a result of partially an endeavor to compensate for the guilt of failing to live up to the perceived responsibility or duty towards families and friends and partially an attempt to look for identity within the ambitious and competitive self. Morrie, the main character is living his last days with integrity. He is dealing with his own anticipated death. Having dealt with his uncle’s death, and near-death of his separated brother because of cancer, Mitch utilizes every opportunity to speak to Morrie concerning life’s
The concept questions if a set of values and beliefs influences the way live or how a collective meaning shapes our social behavior (123, T.S.P 2.0). For example, Morrie tells us it does by explaining his situation of not being able walk, not being able to wipe his behind, and some nights not being able to fall asleep without crying; these things are supposed to seem embarrassing, but his value to accept he is dying and value the life he has now leads him to not be embarrassed. Morrie really made me realize that we don’t have to follow everything society tells us to and that we are our own people and we should do what makes us happy. Additionally, culture as a form of communication was another important concept to Morrie because all he had to give was his insight and his love to teach and communicate with his students. That was the main reason Mitch recorder their conversations because Morrie was willing to give us the experience of death while also showing us how to live. Even though Morrie was dieing on the inside, he was living more then the rest of us. We go day-by-day lost in society following the norms and rules that we see as set for us, while Morrie is living to the end making sure nothing holds him back. Morrie was a gift to us, to truly and honestly give us life’s greatest
Mitch spends every Tuesday with Morrie not knowing when it might be his dear sociology professor’s last. One line of Morrie’s: “People walk around with a meaningless life…This is because they are doing things wrong” (53) pretty much encapsulates the life lessons from Morrie, Mitch describes in his novel, Tuesdays With Morrie. Morrie Schwartz, a beloved sociology professor at Brandeis University, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which most people would take as a death sentence. Morrie viewed it differently; he saw it more as an opportunity. This is because he does not follow the so-called “rules” of society. These rules come from the sociological concept of symbolic interaction, the theory that states that an individual’s
Tuesdays with Morrie is an inspiring tale in which Mitch, a young man struggling with the concept of a meaningful life is given a second chance, and a new outlook on life when he meets his past teacher, Morrie. They quickly renew the relationship they once possessed in college. Morrie becomes Mitch’s mentor, role model and friend once again. This time around, however, the lessons are on subjects such as life, love, and culture.
One of the quotes, “learn how to die and you learn to live”, is when Morrie realizes near the end of his life that his perspective of the world changed as his window in life grew smaller (Albom, 1997, p. 82). His view of life transformed into appreciating simple interactions with the people he loved and cherishing the moments of leaving behind a legacy when he accepted death. To me, this quote means to revel in the moment, treasure the present, live memorably, appreciate the people who mean the most to you, and to live life to the fullest. Another quote, “aging is not decay but growth”, is what Morrie was finally able to translate in the final chapters of his life (Albom, 1997, p. 118). Morrie felt a sense of fulfillment of his years in life and savors the time he has remaining as death looms closer. He feels that growing old is not tied in with a negative context of falling apart physically, but about the positive aspects of growing emotionally and spiritually. From my perspective, this quote signifies that the person you are at the end of life is an accumulation of all the years compressed together, continuing to flourish with the knowledge of life’s experiences. Only with personal experiences come wisdom and
... it there way” you are naïve. Your pity is scorned, and it is hard to have an open heart to a closed mind. I see Morrie’s light though. Build your community of love and understanding around you, not to cloister yourself from the world, but to support your spirit. When Morrie says, “I’ve got so many people who have been involved with me, in close intimate ways. And love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”(Albom, 133) Morrie’s adopted culture and community is the intimate people involved in Morrie’s life. Love going on after you die conjures the idea that the memories and feelings you leave behind with others will influence the culture you built and the culture at large. Like Morrie, I want the friends I leave behind share in the happiness I have found and the joy I helped create.
Morrie’s message was, in short, not to become preoccupied with death and dying, but to live the life that you still have left in a meaningful and rewarding way. He believed that although death would soon take him, he wanted to teach others and share his ideas so that they could be passed on to future generations.
In the novel “Tuesday’s with Morrie”, Mitch Albom describes the relationship between him and his college professor who he hasn’t seen in years. Mitch, who is a sports reporter is constantly busy and hasn’t had time to stay in touch with his professor as he promised. After sixteen years, Mitch is bombarded with the devastating news that he professor has been diagnosed with ALS. Not knowing how to face him after breaking his promise, Mitch decided to fly to Boston to apologize and to say his goodbyes. Once Mitch arrived, his professor remembered him instantly and gives him a warm welcoming hug.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is a story about an old man’s odyssey to his death. We all understand that death is inevitable. We all know it’s coming, but we don’t know when. Death can be viewed as a sad thing but like everything, there is always the right way to approach it, and that’s exactly what Morrie does. Contrary to many opinions, death can be viewed as one of the most beautiful things that can happen in life. Death is the most prevalent theme in this book. It is the biggest theme for three reasons. Firstly, death is something that concerns both Morrie and the student. Secondly, death is the main antagonist of the story. Lastly, the notion of death is what propels the story further.
Notable in his relation of this story is his avoidance of discussing death with his uncle, attempting to suppress the thoughts and feelings even as his uncle attempts to communicate his concerns about dying, “He...said...he wouldn't be around to see his kids into the next school year...I told him not to talk that way”(p 15). Not only this, but thereafter Mitch states that he put a premium on the time he felt he really had to live, though unfortunately this value of life came to be predominately represented in material accomplishments rather than spiritual ones. Along a similar theme, Morrie discusses his mother's illness which witnessed as a child. Morrie describes his mode of coping with his mother's illness as also being one of avoidance, evidenced by his pretending not to hear his mother calling for medicine as he played outside the house and how this was easier than confronting the reality, “In his mind he believed he could make the illness go away by ignoring it”(p 74). Later, after receiving the news of his mother's death and going through the grieving process, Morrie is frustrated by his father's forbidding discussion of the loss and so grieves privately through religion, attending services and saying a memorial prayer for her. Looking back on the deaths of his loved ones and that of a colleague, Morrie is able to learn from these experiences how to cope with his own death: by ensuring that there are no goodbyes left unsaid and that he is surrounded by those he loves. This inspires him to have a living funeral, rather than having it be an experience of mourning in which people say nice things that he never gets to hear, he wishes to be a celebration of his life and the relationships it has fostered.
Throughout Tuesdays with Morrie written by Mitch Albom, Morrie discusses his outlook on Dying, Death, Religion, and how Religion can help someone cope with these topics. Morrie’s experience with dying is talked about often in and is a major topic of the novel. Death, which is the end to life, is different to everyone who experiences it partially due to beliefs. Morrie’s understanding of religions help his mindset during his horrible times. An individual’s outlook on the topic of dying and death is partially influenced by society’s contrasting beliefs.
Many people have common experiences during their brush with death, like time passing slowly. In the story,
Tuesdays with Morrie, written by Mitch Albom, is a story of the love between a man and his college professor, Morrie Schwartz. This true story captures the compassion and wisdom of a man who only knew good in his heart and lived his life to the fullest up until the very last breath of his happily fulfilled life. When Mitch learned of Morrie’s illness, the began the last class of Morrie’s life together and together tried to uncover “The Meaning of Life.” These meetings included discussions on everything from the world when you enter it to the world when you say goodbye. Morrie Schwartz was a man of great wisdom who loved and enjoyed to see and experience simplicity in life, something beyond life’s most challenging and unanswered mysteries. Morrie was a one of a kind teacher who taught Mitch about the most important thing anyone can ever learn: life. He taught Mitch about his culture, about trust, and perhaps most importantly, about how to live.