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Tuesdays with Morrie

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Transcript of Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie
By: Mitch Albom

Motif
A recurring subject, theme, idea, ect.
Antagonist
The character or force that blocks the protagonist; the one who is against the main character.
Conflict
One motif in Tuesdays with Morrie was food. No matter how much Morrie's health had deteriated Mitch still brought food, even after the fridge had been completely filled.
ALS disease: the disease is an antagonist because it is the reason Morrie is dying.
Internal Conflict:
Opposition between characters or characters in a work of drama or fiction
Time: Morrie is in a race against time he wants to teach Mitch and live his life to the fullest but his days are numbered.
External Conflict
Conflict occurring outside the mind of the character.
1. Morrie V.S. ALS: Morrie's struggle takes place through the entire story.
Ex: Morrie's struggle is evident when he can no longer eat solid foods, move around on his own, and eventually bedridden.
2.Mitch V.S. Society: Mitch seeks guidence from Morrie because he has grown unhappy with some aspects of his life mainly because of his profession as a journalist and he has become disillusioned by today's culture.
Flashback
Irony
Contrast or discrepancy between the expectation and reality.
1."Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live." "People live their live their lives fuller when they know that someday, they will die."
2. "Death ends a life not a relationship." "After we die, we live in the hearts of everyone we have touched while we were on earth"
Minor Characters
1. Morrie's V.S. fear of dying: Morrie recounts a story he had heard about a small wave seeing the waves ahead of him crash on the shore, disappearing into nothingness. He suddenly brims with fear upon the realization that he too will soon 'crash on the shore' and, die as the wave fears he will. This little wave confides his fear in another wave who comforts him with the news that he will not crash and die, but will instead return to become a small part of the larger ocean.
2. Mitch V.S. the need to talk to his brother: Mitch is gradually trying to get back in touch with his brother.
Someone who plays a small role in the story.
Ted Koppel: a famous interviewer who interviews Morrie three times for the "Nightline" who eventually gains the status of Morrie's friend.
Janie: Janie is Morrie's supportive wife who sticks with him through and through.
Metaphor
Figure of speech that makes a comparison between to things with out using connecting words.(Like, as)
He uses a metaphor when he uses a bridge to describe where he stands in life: somewhere between being very alive and being dead. He says he is on his last great journey.
"Turn on the faucet. Wash yourself with emotion. It wont hurt you. It will only help."
Mitch has a flashback to his graduation in the late spring of 1979. this is a flashback because you go back in time to the actual graduation.
A method in which the scene is temporary interrupted so the reader can review past events.
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