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Tuesdays with Morrie

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Philip Cheung

on 30 April 2010

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Transcript of Tuesdays with Morrie

What, Koppel asked, did Morrie dread the most about his slow, insidious decay?

Morrie looked straight into the eyes of the most famous interviewer in America. "Well, Ted, one day soon, someone's gonna have to wipe my ass." (pg. 22) ALS is like a lit candle; it melts your nerves and leaves your body a pile of wax. (pg. 9) He was intent on proving that the word "dying" was not synonymous with "useless." (pg. 12) "Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do"; "Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it"; "Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others"; "Don't assume that it's too late to get involved." (pg. 18) Sorry Morrie Tuesdays with Morrie
pages 1-47 Philip Cheung Marcus Del Bianco Laura Walley Vincent Bastidas Marc Cirilo Mitch Albom is a journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster and musician. He was one of Morrie's closest students at Brandeis University. After seeing Morrie on TV being interviewed by Ted Koppel, he decides to fly from Detroit, Michigan to Massachusetts to visit Morrie every Tuesday. Morrie Schwartz was a professor at Brandeis University until he was diagnosed with ALS in 1994. His condition limited him to stay in bed with decreasing bodily movements. Persons with ALS have a loss of muscle strength and coordination that eventually gets worse. Some symptoms include:
-difficulty breathing
-difficulty swallowing
-muscle contraction
-speech problems
-paralysis Mitch uses the media in order to bring attention to the fatal effects ALS has on people. It portrays how ALS has an affect not only on the victim, but also on the friends and families of the victim. This is where Ted Koppel comes in. With his interviews with Morrie, the emotional and physical strain becomes apparent. Although Morrie's ALS has a lot of negative impact on people, he discovers more about himself and helps Mitch to grasp the importance of life. Ted Koppel discovered Morrie through his quotes of wisdom in the newspaper. "People are only mean when they're threatened, and that's what our culture does...And when you get threatened, you start looking out only for yourself. You start making money a god. It is all part of this culture." (p.42)
"When you learn how to die, you learn how to live." -Morrie
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