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TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE: LITERARY ANALYSIS / STUDY GUIDE
One of Morrie’s signature characteristics is his ability to draw human sprit and genuine emotion from everyone he befriends. He even draws tears out of Ted Koppel after they are done filming the last interview for the “Nightline” show. Morrie believes that love and compassion are crucial methods of communication. He is determined to see Mitch return to his caring self that he was in college when in Morrie’s class. During their meetings, he tells Mitch stories about his life and about his personal beliefs; he teaches him to reject pop-culture beliefs and to create his own values based on compassion and what he can offer others. Through their weeks together Morrie is also successful at drawing emotion out of Mitch; during their last lesson, as they are hugging good-bye, Morrie sees Mitch begin to cry.
Morrie is adamant about rejecting pop-culture norms and values and maintaining his own. He has learned to accept his death and manages to continue offering love and compassion until he dies.
Morrie also accepts and does not become ashamed of his disabilities.
When he becomes so sick and can no longer do his daily tasks without help
from others, he embraces this and enjoys feeling like an infant or a child.
Since he was so deprived of love in his childhood, he now thrives on the
affection and love of others, which is usually the case when we are all
infants who are solely dependent on our family. It’s as if he has returned
to his childhood and is finally getting the love and compassion he so
longed for as a young boy.
Mitch is a sports writer who gave up his dream of becoming a musician for a life of money, success and materialism. Since his college graduation he has become very disillusioned and has since devoted his life to money and success. He works most days and nights dedicating little time to himself or his wife. When the union for the Detroit newspaper goes on strike, he finds himself for the first time, without steady work or paycheck. Since his visits with Morrie and the strike, he becomes very frustrated with his career decisions, materialistic mentality and the way he treats his relationships. Through his meetings with Morrie, he realizes that he must change this life in which he thought he was happy. He wants another chance to reassess his values and priorities so that he can create a fulfilling life for himself before it is too late.
Through his meetings with Morrie, he has learned how much of his life he has
wasted consumed in his work. After listening to Morrie’s philosophies
Mitch finds his life quite meaningless. As he watches Morrie inch closer
to his death each week, Mitch sees what he must change in his life: he
wishes to die knowing that he has lived his life to the fullest, that
he has loved and forgiven himself as well as others and to have no regrets.
Morrie helps him see the man who he wishes to become; he would like to
value love instead of money and accept people over pop-culture and media
gossip. Morrie was successful at penetrating Mitch’s ignorance and allows
Mitch to see life in a whole new perspective.
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