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Tuesdays With Morrie

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -Henry Adams
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Tanisha Coral

on 28 September 2012

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Transcript of Tuesdays With Morrie

Tuesdays With Morrie Five Stages of Death Morrie, even at the face of death, does not refuse to believe that sooner or later he will be leaving this world. Instead of denying it, He embraces the fact that he is going to pass away. He is happy that he will no longer have to be in pain. He is different because he doesn't clutter himself with false hopes. Instead he approaches it with a smile on his face knowing that the little bit of time he has left will make all the difference.
"'You know how I am going to die?" he said. I raised my eyebrows. "I'm going to suffocate. yes, my lungs, because of my asthma, can't handle the disease. It's moving up my body. This ALS its already got my legs. pretty soon it'll get my arms and hands. And when it hits my lungs..."
He shrugged his shoulders.
"...I'm sunk, (Pg. 36)." Denial Bargaining Depression Anger A common feeling that we as humans acquire when we experience death is the feeling of depression. We are left with our false hopes and regrets to deal with. We exceed our emotions through tears and anger knowing that no matter how many times we cry we will never have a second chance to live again because we know that this is the end. The burden that we must carry before we pass away is more painful than anything in the world. Morrie, on the other hand experiences a total different emotion. Instead of drowning himself through the pain and tears he allows himself to be happy. He is happy because he knows that he will no longer be in pain and that he is lucky as to even be able to have the chance to say goodbye.

"Mitch, I don't allow myself any more self pity than that. A little each morning, a few tears, and that's all--It's horrible to watch my body slowly wilt away to nothing. But it's also wonderful because of all the time I get to say good-bye." He smiled. "Not everyone is so lucky, (Pg. 57)" Morrie, shows a little bit of bargaining but the difference is he is not bargaining for life. He is bargaining for life AFTER he dies. That's what makes him different than the rest of us. He is realistic. He knows he has no chance of living so he bargains with God. In the end, some of us don't like to admit it, but we look for something greater to believe in that can help us pull us through our fear of death. Bargaining is what we usually do but Morrie bargains for a life in the spirit world.

"I'm bargaining with Him up there now. I'm asking Him, 'Do I get to be one of the angels? (pg. 163) '" Acceptance Not everyone chooses to accept they are dying. All most peple do is dwell in the fears of death itself and what happens next. Morrie tries to do the opposite. From the moment he realized that he was going to die that is when he chose to accept it. "I've picked a place to be buried."
Where is that?
"Not far from here. On a hill, beneath
a tree, overlooking a pond. Very serene. A good place to think."
Are you planning on thinking there?
"I'm planning on being dead there, (pg. 169)." Anger is one of the most common emotions we feel even when we are not experiencing death. But it's so common because we don't know how to react to the event or situation so we chose to let the words and thoughts out violently. Morrie doesn't get angry. On the contrary, he is very happy because he already has lived. He may have some regrets but he was proud to have made some of the decisions he had made that got him to where he was up until he passes away. He laughed at himself for the most part. He already knew he was going to die so why not joke a little?
"Morrie looked straight into the eyes of the nost fanous interviewer in America. "Well, Ted, one day soon, someone's gonna have to wipe my ass, (Pg. 22)."
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