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TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE: STUDY NOTES / PLOT SYNOPSIS
In the Exposition, introductory material is presented which gives the
reader the setting, creates the tone and presents the characters and other
facts necessary to understanding the story. The exposition takes place
through the first four chapters. “The Curriculum” (1) tells us that there
will be a class taught, on the meaning of life, by a teacher who is dying;
his death would come at the end of the course. The author also tells us
that he is the student. In the second chapter the author presents background
information on Morrie Schwartz: the teacher. We learn information about
Morrie: he is a teacher, he loves to dance and he has been diagnosed with
ALS. The following chapter presents background information about the author
and narrator, Mitch Albom. We learn here that he is a sports reporter
for the Detroit Free Press and that he is very wealthy and successful.
“The Audiovisual” (18) is the final chapter in the exposition in which
the narrator describes how he first knew of Morrie’s sickness, which leads
him to these weekly Tuesday visits with Morrie. After this chapter all
of the background information, and major characters have been introduced
and from here on, the action begins to rise as Mitch visits Morrie every
The Rising Action is the events that build from the conflict. There
are two conflicts in this story: the first being Morrie’s struggle with
his fatal disease, ALS; the second being Mitch’s struggle with himself
in dealing with the person he has become and the person who he wishes
to be and the new life he wants to lead. The action begins to rise after
Mitch sees Morrie on the “Nightline” show. He has not seen or spoken to
Morrie in over sixteen years. After Mitch sees Morrie on “Nightline” he
contacts him and begins to visit him every Tuesday for lessons which all
encompass the meaning of life. The action rises throughout the novel with
each new lesson as we see Mitch struggle with his life and Morrie struggle
with his impending death.
The climax is the high point of the story and also the point at which
the outcome can be predicted. The climax in this story does not happen
until the last Tuesday Mitch and Morrie spend together. Throughout the
novel and for the entire time Morrie has known Mitch, he has been trying
to get him to open up and express more emotion. When they meet again,
towards the beginning of the novel, Morrie tells Mitch that he is still
going to try and make him cry. After all these years, during their last
visit Mitch hugged Morrie for what will be the last time and began to
cry. From here on the action begins to fall as we can predict the outcome
will be Morrie’s death.
The Falling Action is the events after the Climax, which close the story
and lead to the resolution. The falling action begins just after Morrie
makes Mitch cry. Morrie dies not too long after and Mitch attends his
The resolution is the outcome of all the events in the story. During one of the Tuesday lessons, Morrie says to Mitch, “you talk I’ll listen” (188); implying that after his death he still wants Mitch to talk with him just as he did when he was alive. At the end of the novel, when Mitch is at Morrie’s funeral he tried talking with Morrie and was pleasantly surprised at how natural it felt. We can assume that Mitch will continue to find comfort and guidance in his life through these conversations with Morrie.
With his new outlook on life, Mitch also tried contacting his sick brother
in Spain. For the first time, Mitch told his brother how much he wanted
to be a part of his life and how much he loves him. At the end of the
novel we can tell that Mitch and his brother will continue to remain in
contact as opposed to before.
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. 09 May 2017