Tuesday’s with Morrie

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“Tuesday’s with Morrie” is an extraordinary book, which examines the relationship between teacher and student during the time of near death. The novel starts out with Mitch Albom, who is the narrator, remembering his graduation day from Brandeis University. Once he received his diploma, he went up to his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz, whom he took all of his sociology courses with. Mitch promised to keep in touch with Morrie while handing him a present, a monogrammed briefcase. Both men moved on to separate lives, Mitch to a successful career in journalism, and Morrie to an ongoing teaching career at Brandeis University. Years after graduation, Mitch while watching television, recognized his beloved professor being interviewed on “Nightline” with Ted Koppel.

Morrie Schwartz was being interviewed because he had been diagnosed with A.L.S., a weakening disease that leaves his “soul, perfectly awake, imprisoned inside a limp husk” of a body. Mitch contacted his professor, after watching the show, and then chose to fly from his home in Detroit to see Morrie at his home in Newton, Massachusetts. After their reunion, Mitch left to report on Wimbledon for his job. During his time away, he spent his time thinking constantly about Morrie. He rushed back to Morrie because he was now seeking more meaning to life and knew he could gain it from his beloved professor.

Mitch went to visit Morrie the following Tuesday, which then became an every Tuesday ritual for the both of them. Morrie taught Mitch lessons each visit on “The Meaning of Life.” Each Tuesday, Mitch brought Morrie’s favorite food to eat. Overtime, as Morrie’s condition got gradually worse, he was not able to eat or enjoy any solid foods. Morrie’s b...

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...him learn that his wife and other loved ones are most important. When Mitch was able to exemplify love and have respect for others, he was successful in stage six of Erikson’s psychosocial model.

Morrie reflects on his life with such great experiences and life memories of love and friendship. Not only was Morrie a teacher of not only sociology but also wisdom. He shared his wisdom with Mitch through their weekly lessons. Morrie was confident with him self, and successfully completed all of the other stages that preceded the last one. The confidence Morrie had, made his life worth living and worth sharing with Mitch. Morrie’s ultimate goal was to share his wisdom with not only Mitch, but also the whole world through their story. Morrie never got to see the success of his wisdom, but he would have been relieved to see that the rest of the world benefited from it.

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