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Tuesdays with Morrie Compare and Contrast Film vs. Book

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fahad Shaikh

on 14 November 2016

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In Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Morrie is promised by a student of his to visit often. Sadly, Mitch does not visit him until one night while watching tv he hears Morrie's name. After making arrangements to visit Morrie in his small town, the two friends catch up: Morrie has been diagnosed with ALS. Once leaving, Mitch gets caught up in work, and his life suddenly turns upside down. Feeling lost, Mitch pays another visit to Morrie. Even though they don't know "Morrie's final class" has begun. Through 14 Tuesdays they spend talking, Mitch learns a lot about life. Every day they talk about a different subject in life like: death, marriage, culture, and many others. Over each Tuesday, the disease is getting worse. Mitch notices this and he had to get the important lessons out of the way. Then the last Tuesday comes by. He learns to say goodbye and finally is cracked by Morrie and cries. Morrie has a peaceful day to finally rest for good and he is buried under a tree by a pond.
Similarity # 2
- Another similarity is how Mitch changes throughout the story from being so self-absorbed and consumed in his job to understanding the real meaning of life.
-“Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning” (Albom, 37 The Eighth Tuesday).
Contrast # 3
- What differentiates the film from the novel is as an audience you get to view how the characters feel and what they are thinking opposed to the novel which the author is plainly describing what is happening.
- : “Detachment doesn’t mean you don’t let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate you fully. That’s how you are able to leave it” (Albom, 30 The Sixth Tuesday) demonstrates the difference between the book and the film.
-In conclusion, Tuesdays with Morrie is a really tremendous book which was made into a powerful movie, which has valuable life lessons and advice conveyed through the main characters that is beneficial for all readers. The film and the novel both go into depth with explaining how Morrie adapts to his disease and learns to embrace it instead of running away from it. The film and the novel show how Mitch gradually changes from spending time so consumed in his job and chasing materialistic goods and accomplishments to suddenly at the end of the play finding the real meaning of life. What differentiates the novel and the film is the conveyance of emotion. The novel uses descriptive language to showcase emotion such as when Morrie is expressing his views on detachment, whilst, in the movie we are able to see the emotion on the characters faces as they are talking about various topics such as detachment. Overall, the book and film are similar in that they are both effectively conveying the message, with the main difference being, the book utilizes descriptive languages to express emotion while the film just showcases it. Even though the mediums are different, because of the message in them, they are worth the read and viewing respectively.
Thesis Statement
After watching the movie ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ and reading the novel, it is safe to say that while the novel and film have its similarities, they also have their differences. The novel and the film are similar in that the main character Morrie dies in the same way, as well how Mitch changes throughout the story from being consumed with his job and is self-absorbed in finding a purpose with one’s life, and learning how to love oneself and others. However, there are many contrasting techniques between the two mediums, such as in the novel we see descriptive language but in the film it shows emotion and how the characters react to different situations. While the underlying story is the same, the two different mediums have been used effectively which allow for the audience of both to understand the similarities and contrasts between the film and novel.
Similarity # 1
- Morrie dies in the same manner in both the film and the novel
-“Morrie died on a Saturday morning. His immediate family was with him in the house. Rob made it in from Tokyo- he got to kiss his father good-bye and Jon was there, and of course Charlotte was there and her cousin Marsha, who had written the poem that so moved Morrie at his “unofficial memorial service, the poem that likened him to a “tender sequoia.” They slept in shifts around his bed. Morrie had fallen into a coma two days after our final visit, and the doctor said he could go at any moment. Instead, he hung on, through a tough afternoon, through a dark night” (Albom, 54 The Fourteenth Tuesday).
Tuesdays with Morrie Compare and Contrast Film vs. Book By: Fahad Shaikh
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