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Transcript of Movie (1999)
Tuesdays With Morrie
By Darine Usupova
A newspaper reporter and husband
The narrator and author of this book
Morrie's former student at Brandeis University
Abandoned his dreams of becoming a famous musician (piano player)
Disgusted by his desire for financial success and material wealth
"After the funeral, my life changed. I felt as if time were suddenly precious, water going down an open drain, and I could not move quickly enough. No more playing music at half-empty night clubs. No more writing songs in my apartment, songs that no one would hear."
Mitch said that at the end of the novel after Morrie's funeral. Time became precious and he he describes the passionate, innocent young man he had been before becoming greedy and material wealthy.
He had taught sociology at Brandeis University, and continues to teach it to Mitch
He accepted death and aging
Not having much love as a child, he loves physical contact like a baby
He's passionate about dance and music
He loves sharing his emotions and tells Mitch to do the same
Mitch sees him like the man of ultimate wisdom
Morrie is very independent so when he had to rely on others he felt like a baby
Morrie's wife Charlotte took care of him.
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought attention to the disease.
The symptoms of the disease:
- the progressive degeneration of the motor neurons affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord;
- when the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost, so that mind is still functioning at a full capacity, but the body becomes paralyzed
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
The story is about the friendship between a professor and a student.
After a long break apart Mitch finds out Morrie was diagnosed with ALS and decides to visit him every Tuesday.
He fulfills his broken promise to stay in touch. It's not only keeping the promise its also to analyze the problems in his life and to record the teachings of his wise professor whose dying.
He wanted to use his last opportunity to be with Morrie.
The theme is about what are the main values in human life, about the importance of human relationships, especially with those we love.