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Tuesdays with Morrie

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Tuesdays with Morrie
Significance of the book to Mitch Albom
The setting of the story is in the mid 1990s. In the early part of the story, it is set in Detroit where Mitch started to adjust after his graduation but when he saw Morrie in a television show, he went all the way to West Newton, Massachusetts.

Main setting: West Newton, Massachusetts.
It is every Tuesday in Morrie’s house, particularly in his office/room where they always have their visits and discussions about life and death.
by Mitch Albom
Just to give you a brief summary of the book...
Mitch, a sociology student from Brandeis University, met a professor who, he did not expect, would change his life. Morrie, a fragile old man, is not just an ordinary professor. He does not focus on academics but instead, he fills his students' mind with life lessons. One of the students who was lucky enough is Mitch.

After years of not seeing each other, Morrie and Mitch found their way back to each other. Morrie, who is now experiencing serious health problems is being visited by Mitch regularly, particularly during Tuesdays. These Tuesday visits were spent for discussions about life and death. These discussions were a perfect timing for both of them since Morrie is struggling with the call of death while Mitch is struggling in handling his life. Never was a single Tuesday a day wasted for it will always be worth it to listen to the soft voice of Morrie until his last breath.
Mitch Albom
Mitchell David “Mitch” Albom

- Born on May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA
- Internationally renowned and best-selling author, nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist, host of two popular radio shows and a television commentator, screenwriter, playwright, and musician.
- His books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-eight territories and in forty-four languages around the world.
Adolescence: focused on love for music
1979: earned a bachelor's degree majoring in sociology at Brandeis University
*While working in music industry in N.Y., he developed interest in Journalism
He earned a Master's degree in Journalism and an MBA in Business
1985: He moved to Detroit.
1995: He married Janine Sabino; He met again Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor dying of ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
*Mitch Albom has founded seven charities, many in the metropolitan Detroit area.
Turning point
Point of View
DE LAS ALAS, Anndrea D.

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Ms. Dianne Siriban
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The setting affects the other elements of the story especially the mood of the story because the emotions carried by the characters are in Morrie’s house. His house is filled with peace and calmness which also defines the events in the story. If the setting will be changed, the story would not have a good impact to the readers anymore. I believe that Morrie’s house is the perfect setting for the story.
He is the narrator in the story.

He is also the former student of Morrie at Brandeis University.

After graduation, he loses connection with his friends and loses direction in his life after his career as a musician failed and his favorite uncle died.

Tuesday discussions with Morrie
helped him to reassess his life and value the things that are more important in life such as love over money and happiness over success.
This thought immediately popped into Morrie's mind after knowing that he is diagnosed with ALS. This became the turning point in Morrie's life since he had to make changes in his life and decide whether to let his condition define his last days or make the most out of the time left.

This is the turning point in the story. At the beginning of the story, it is focused on Morrie's life with dancing as his passion. The story is slowly turning after Morrie discovered that he has ALS and finally, the story turned to a different direction since it focused already on the life of Morrie as he suffers and eventually, called to death.
The book is full of allegories, short flashbacks to the college relationship of Morrie and Mitch. These appear in between chapters in the book. These allegories help the reader to understand the strong relationship between Mitch and Morrie, how Morrie is handling the limited time he has to live, and how Mitch slowly learns the meaning of life.
"Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best of my time left?" -Morrie
He is the focus of the story because the story revolves around his health condition and the life lessons he continue to share with Mitch.

He is a former sociology professor at Brandeis University and he continues to be a professor to Morrie as he teaches life lessons to him.

He is diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gherig's disease which leaves his soul perfectly awake but his body in a struggle.

He is a man who does not let the society and culture dictate his life but instead, he sticks to his own beliefs and stay true himself.
PETER- Mitch’s younger brother who refuses any help from his family despite his health condition
CHARLOTTE- Morrie’s caring wife
ROB & JON- Morrie’s two sons who, though they live far, often travel to Boston to visit their father
CHARLIE- Morrie’s father who is best described by the word ‘dispassionate’
DAVID- Morrie’s younger brother who develops polio and Morrie’s blaming himself for his paralysis
EVA- Morrie’s stepmother whom Charlie married after Morrie's mother died
CONNIE- stout, Italian woman; Morrie’s home health aide who assists Morrie in everything he needs to do.
TONY- a theology student; Morrie's firsts home care worker who helped him in and out of the pool and in and out of his bathing suit.
JANINE- Although she has a shy personality, she did not reject Morrie’s request for her to sing to him. Her beautiful voice moved him to tears.
MAURIE STEIN- Good friend of Morrie who sends some of Morrie’s articles to Boston Globe reporter who published a feature story about Morrie.
TED KOPPEL- One of the most famous television interviewers. He is the one who interviewed Morrie in the show, “Nightline”
NORMAN- An old friend of Morrie who tried several times to apologize for failing to visit Morrie and his wife when his wife was undergoing a serious surgery but Morrie refuses. It is when Norman died that Morrie regret what he did.
AL AXELRAD- long-time friend of Morrie who took charge with Morrie’s funeral service
The major characters are dynamic.

Morrie can be best described as a fragile, old man when he started as a professor at Brandeis University. As time passed by, Morrie developed ALS which slowly killed him. His health condition worsened but at the same time, he gained new point of view regarding life. He changed the way he perceives things.
Morrie VERSUS Lou Gherig's disease
Morrie's life is just like an ordinary one back then but when he discovered that he has ALS or Lou Gherig's disease, everything changed. It is normal for one to struggle in adjusting after knowing that his time is already limited and that is what happened to Morrie. He started to struggle on how to live his life. He also started to build conflict within himself (Internal conflict).
It has been really hard for Morrie to accept what happened to him but he needs to find ways on how to make the most out of the remaining days of his life and prepare for the call of death.
"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live." - Morrie
Morrie realized that he is running out of time that is why after taking some time to contemplate, he chose to share his knowledge about life to other people, especially to his former student, Mitch. Even though he struggles physically, he is still determined and strong enough to make the most out of the time he has. In fact, it is not only his close friends' lives that he was able to enlighten but also people from different parts of the world. He became famous because of his interviews with Ted Koppel which are aired in the television show, "Nightline". His discussion about the meaning of life is strong enough to redirect people in the right path and be better individuals.
Mitch's life has been a rough one after losing direction in his life and choosing money and success over his own happiness and family. He spent all his time working and that seemed to be the only thing that matter for him. Along with this, his favorite uncle died. This made him more depressed in life and since then, he started to lose direction in his life.

He became so frustrated about everything that is happening in his life and eventually, he started to build conflict within himself. (Internal Conflict)
Mitch's internal conflict was solved after several Tuesdays with Morrie. Through his visits with Morrie, Mitch slowly found answer to his questions. There wasn't a Tuesday wasted when he is with Morrie. Every visit was meaningful and the words of advice of Morrie made Mitch's heart and mind open to life lessons that helped him to finally find direction in his life. It is because of Morrie that he is able to find his way to a better life as well as a mind that is more knowledgeable about life and how it is dealt with.
Self-created values > cultural norms
hibiscus plant
Morrie's bed
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Mitch Albom. Roycecarlton.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013, from http://www.roycecarlton.com/speaker/biography/Mitch-Albom.html
Radisch, S. (1997). MonkeyNotes Study Guide for Tuesdays with Morrie. Retrieved August 24, 2013, from http://www.pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/monkeynotes/pmTuesdaysWithMorrie01.asp
SparkNotes Editors. (n.d.). SparkNote on Tuesdays with Morrie. Retrieved August 24, 2013, from http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/morrie/
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The story takes the first person point of view since the narrator, Mitch, speaks in the first person throughout the story by using "I" as he narrates the story. This helped the author to build a closer relationship with his readers and connect with them to be able to bring the emotions and message in the story. Through the kind of point of view used, the readers are able to see the events in the story in Mitch's perspective. It is as if I am taking the position of Mitch and I feel every word Morrie is saying as well as the emotions. For example, when the last Tuesday has arrived and Mitch and Morrie exchanged their goodbyes. It is not only Mitch who cried but also me. I got carried away in the story. That is how strong the first person point of view is in the story. The point of view used matters a lot on how the story brings impact to the readers.

The point of view used definitely influences the story because changing the point of view would affect the story's impact to its reader. The story is all about life lessons and it is also has a serious mood. The messages bound to be brought to the readers would not be able to reach them if the point of view will be changed since the impact will not be the same as well as the mood and emotions in the story.

Tuesdays with Morrie's point of view can be compared to the literary text, "The Use of Force" we've taken up in our HUMALIT class. This story also used the first person point of view where in as a reader, it makes you take the perspective of the narrator, the doctor, in the events happening in the story and also, the story makes the reader feel that he is involved in the story itself.
We need to be strong enough to follow our own values rather than following our culture when we are not satisfied with it anymore. I know that being born in this society, we have freedom to choose and decide for ourselves. If we will just go with what the society and culture dictate us, we will not be happy. That I am sure. It is as if we are wasting every minute of our life settling to what we are not satisfied with.
"But the big things- how we think, what we value- those you must choose yourself. You cannot let anyone- or any society determine those for you." - Morrie
"And you have to be strong enough to say that if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Create your own. Most people can't do it." - Morrie
Acceptance through detachment
Morrie emphasized in the story that sometimes, it is good to let go of the cultural norms and take time to think of our own culture. It is important to live with the way we want our lives to be and not let the society and culture dictate who we are. Morrie did not let dictatorship enter his life but instead, he lived the way he wanted his life to be which is life with acceptance, compassion and communication.
There are things in life that we should not let others decide for us. It is only us who should decide on the important and big things in our life because it is us who knows what is good for us and of course, we know ourselves better than others know us.
'Don't cling to others because everything is impermanent.' - Morrie
After Morrie discovered that he is diagnosed with ALS, he decided to slowly detach himself from his experiences so that he would not have a hard time detaching himself from important things in his life when the call of death arrives. He stopped doing his usual routine. Instead, he focused on finding the meaning of life and death through doing serene activities such as sitting beside the window and watching the birds fly.
Whenever Mitch visits Morrie in his house, he makes sure to bring food for Morrie. At first, Morrie can still eat these foods brought by Mitch but as time passes by, it is useless already to bring food for Morrie since Morrie is already having a hard time chewing food.

Food symbolizes the worsening condition of Morrie because it shows what Morrie can still eat and what he cannot eat anymore.
When you're in bed, you're dead. - Morrie
Despite Morrie's condition, he still does not want to stay in bed. He does not want to lay on bed because for him, this means surrendering to death. He would always like to sit in his chair and wonder outside through the window and watch the birds fly and trees swing.

The only time he lay on his bed was when he was already close to death. He felt so weak already and this was his last Tuesday.

Morrie's bed symbolizes death because it dictates that if Morrie starts to lay here for a long time, he is so weak already and he is so close to death.
This is used as a metaphor for Morrie's life after being diagnosed with a serious disease. As the pink hibiscus plant slowly withers, Morrie's life worsen. As the plant's petals wither, Morrie started to be more dependent on others because he became incapable of doing some things. It is as if the plant defines Morrie's condition.

The pink hibiscus plant symbolizes Morrie's life cycle particulary, his condition which leads him closer to death each day.
Inspirational quotes by Morrie Schwartz
"Accept the past as past, without disregarding or denying it."
"Aging is not just decay, you know. It is growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, it's also the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”
"When you most need it, neither money and power, will give the feeling you're looking for, no matter how much of them you have."
"Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone."
"Look, no matter where you live, the biggest defect we human beings have is our shortsightedness. We don't see what we could be. We should be looking at our potential, stretching ourselves into everything we can become."
"Be passionate and take responsibility for each other. If we only learn those lessons, this world would be so much better a place."
"Death ends a life, not a relationship."
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.
“Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hang on too long.”
Hearing the word 'literature', the thing that immediately goes into my mind are reading materials that contains deep and complex words. As a person who is not into reading books, this word does not sound interesting for me.

Going through the course and encountering different kinds of stories from different literary texts, I developed my own definition of literature which helped me to better understand the essence of literature. For me, literature is defined as written works which conveys a significant message. I learned that literature is broad. It is not only about written works that contains an interesting story with intriguing characters and complicated plot but it is also about bringing a significant message to the readers. I believe that literature means learning. It is not only for pleasure. Yes, it can be for improving vocabulary skills and learning new and unique facts but I guess the most important purpose of literature is that it brings message that the reader can carry in his life.

I consider Tuesdays with Morrie a literature. Aside from the basic and obvious fact that it has a setting, characters, and plot, it obviously conveys a significant message which is all about the meaning of life. It provides facts, not academic-related facts, but life-related ones. Also, it delights its readers. Yes, this book is a serious type of book but I can say that it delights its readers like me because of the life lessons it is able to share and through these lessons, I found enlightenment in my life that eventually leads to being delighted. Therefore, this story carries a very significant message that can be applied in my everyday life and this is what makes it a true literature.
This book taught me to value life more which made me realize that I should make the most out of each day that passes by.
Life is unpredictable. Do what you love the most and do not wait for the time when it is too late already.
In the end, it is all about one's own happiness that matters.
I learned the true importance of family. Knowing that you have a family by your side feels like no other.
Money cannot buy happiness and contentment,
Do not settle on something that is done already. Learn to move on, cherish the present and just make the most out of it.
Respect, compromise, communication and values are essential in a relationship.
"Be passionate and take responsibility for each other. If we only learn those lessons, this world would be so much better a place." - Morrie
Forgive yourself. Forgive others,
Give importance to every relationship may it be relationship with family, friends, or someone special.
Initial impression about the book
Facts to remember before you start your journey!
Why did I choose this book?
I've been receiving lots of good feed backs regarding this book and my friends told me that it is all about life lessons. I didn't think twice of reading this book because during this time, I really need life lessons to guide me in my everyday life and I think that it is also the time for me to fix my life and learn to handle things maturely.
Who recommended the book?
Luckily, I saw that Hanelle Murillo has this book as one of her bookshares so I immediately told her that I will be getting her recommendation and work on this book.
I was already expecting that this book will be boring and it will take me a long time to finish since a serious type of book do not usually motivate me to read.
What did you feel after reading the book?
I feel more knowledgeable about life and I am more confident about handling situations after reading the book. Morrie did a really good job in putting me back on the right track.
For me, this is an inspirational book that will definitely enlighten the reader's mind to the meaning of life and learn lessons that one will surely carry in his entire life.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a true story of Albom’s time spent with his professor, Morrie. It is purely connected to the author’s life since this book serves as a memoir of his reunion with Morrie and the last moments they had together.

The book stated how Mitch entered in the field of journalism. In fact, he took up journalism for his Master's degree that is why it is not a question how he was able to pull off a best-selling book which is focused on him just telling his story. This book became one of his stepping stones in starting with his career in journalism and who would have thought that this book will immediately be a hit.. Tuesdays with Morrie spent four years on the New York Times Bestseller list and is now the most successful memoir ever published.

This book is dedicated to Mitch’s professor, Morrie Schwartz whom he became close with during his college days. He did not see his professor for a long time and when he finally got to see him again, he is already sick with a fatal disease. His regular visits with Morrie led him to write the book which also served as a help in paying his medical bills.
"As I turned the rental car onto Morrie's street in West Newton, a suburb of Boston... "
The setting of this book can also be compared to a story we've taken up in our HUMALIT class, "The Story of an Hour" since they are both set in a house particularly in the room of the main character.
"It is in the late spring of 1979, a hot, sticky Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of us sit together, side by side, in rows of wooden folding chairs on the main campus lawn. We wear blue nylon robes. We listen impatiently to long speeches..."
"It is our first class together, in the spring of 1976. I enter Morrie's large office and notice the seemingly countless books that line the wall, shelf after shelf..."
"Before college I did not know the study of human relations could be considered scholarly. Until I met Morrie, I did not believe it."
"By the start of my senior year, I have taken so many sociology classes, I am only a few credits shy of a degree. Morrie suggests I try an honors thesis."
"Then he commanded the floor, shooting back and forth like some hot Latin lover..."
"On a hot, humid day in August, 1994, Morrie and his wife, Charlotte went to the neurologist and he asked them to sit before he broke the news: Morrie had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gherig's disease..."
On the other hand, Mitch started as an ordinary sociology student. As he faces the complicated world of the workplace, he lost direction in his life but through Morrie and his regular visits with him, he started to learn new things. Through the life lessons he gained from Morrie, somehow his perception about life also changed and he started to understand why certain things happen.
"I came back the next Tuesday. And for many Tuesdays that followed... "
"Here in Morrie's office, life went on one precious day at a time. Now we sat together..."
"When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone..."
Rising action
Falling action
The class of the old professor, Morrie is held once a week in his house. They meet every Tuesday and the subject is all about The Meaning of Life. The last class of the old professor's life had only one student and this student was Mitch.

In the summer of August 1994, Morrie finally gave up his love for dancing after being diagnosed with the serious disease, ALS or Lou Gherig's disease. On the other hand, Mitch gave up his career as a musician and decided to face a new career in Journalism. He was losing direction in his life because his career as a musician did not end up to be successful and his favorite uncle died, which made him more helpless in life. He bought everything he wants without thinking about it. After courting Janine for seven years, they finally got married and one week after, Mitch went back to working all day long.
Morrie and Mitch had their last Tuesday conversation together. During this time, Morrie was too weak already and he cannot afford to entertain visitors anymore except Morrie. This was a meaningful Tuesday. They said goodbye to each other, an exchange of 'I love you', and Morrie finally made Mitch cry. Seeing that day-by-day Morrie is becoming weaker makes Mitch so sad and afraid for the time that they’ll say finally goodbye to each other. From here, the action in the story started to fall as Morrie’s death is nearing.
The falling action is centered on the serene death of Morrie on the 4th of November where no one witnessed that moment Morrie stopped breathing. This is on purpose since he does not want anyone to witness his last breath.

On a damp, windy morning, the funeral was held. It was held on a lovely spot with trees, grass and sloping hill, like how Morrie wanted his funeral to be.

Morrie's family and friends were there and of course, Mitch, who stood quietly and witnessed the funeral ceremony.
“You talk, I’ll listen.” These are the last words of Morrie to Mitch. This just brings the message that after Morrie’s death, he still wants to stay connected with Mitch through talking to him. Morrie assured that he may not be able to answer back but he will always be there to listen.

During the funeral, Mitch tried it in his head and surprisingly, the conversation in his head seems natural. That is when he realized that it is because it is a Tuesday.

For Mitch, he felt so much better with his life and he is back on the right path. The Tuesday visits he had with Morrie helped a lot and Morrie's words will always be carried by Mitch in his entire life.
The minor characters in the story are considered static because they did not undergo important changes throughout the story. Morrie's close family relatives and friends got to see him again before his last breath and nothing changed. They still remained the same. Another static minor character is Connie, Morrie's helper. She has the same task all throughout the story- to take care of Morrie and prepare his food.
"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."
"I look back sometimes at the person I was before I rediscovered my old professor. I want to talk to that person. I want to tell him what to look out for, what mistakes to avoid. I want to tell him to be more open, to ignore the lure of advertised values, to pay attention when your loved ones are speaking, as if it were the last time you might hear them. "
"Rob made it in from Tokyo-he got to kiss his father good-bye and Jon was there, and of course Charlotte was there..."
In the story, I could not think of an antagonist since all of them are good to the protagonist, Morrie and the only thing acting against him is his disease. He is diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gherig's disease which made his life so difficult and eventually led him in the grave. I guess ALS can somehow be considered as the antagonist.
The protagonist in the story is Morrie because he is the main character and focus of the story. He is the good character in the story who guided and helped Mitch in his struggle in his life. by being a good friend, adviser and almost a father.
"One of the helpers, a stout Italian woman named Connie, cut up bread and tomatoes and brought containers of chicken salad, hummus, and tabouli."
"As my old professor searched for answers, the disease took him over, day by day, weak by weak. He backed the car out of the garage one morning and could barely push the brakes. He kept tripping so he purchased a cane... He could no longer underss himself. So he hired his first home care worker...""
Important term to remember to better understand the story as well as my analysis:
"I worked at a pace that knew no hours, no limits... I made money than I had ever figured to see... I buried myself in accomplishments..."
"Instead, he would make death his final project, the center point of his days. Since everyone was going to die, he could be of great value... Morrie would walk that final bridge between life and death, and narrate the trip."

"I look back sometimes at the person I was before I rediscovered my old professor. I want to talk to that person. I want to tell him what to look out for, what mistakes to avoid. I want to tell him to be more open, to ignore the lure of advertised values, to pay attention when your loved ones are speaking, as if it were the last time you might hear them. "
What is the significance of the symbols to the theme?
"ALS is like a lit candle: it melts your nerves and leaves your body a pile of wax. Often, it begins with the legs and works its way up. You lose control of your thigh muscles, so that you cannot support yourself standing. You lose control of your trunk muscles, so that you cannot sit up straight. By the end, if you are still alive, you are breathing through a tube in a hole in your throat, while your soul, perfectly awake, is imprisoned inside a limp husk, perhaps able to blink, or cluck a tongue, like something from a science fiction movie, the man frozen inside his own flesh. This takes no more than five years from the day you contract the disease."
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gherig's disease

FULL TITLE: Tuesdays With Morrie: an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson

AUTHOR: Mitch Albom


PUBLISHER: Doubleday

TYPE OF WORK: Non-Fiction

GENRE: Autobiographical Documentary

POINT OF VIEW: 1st Person

SETTING: 199os, West Newton, Massachusetts
2 years after the book was published, a film directed by Mick Jackson was released. It was adapted from the book and takes the same title.
The elements in 'Amour' are somehow the same with Tuesdays with Morrie. First, one of the main characters is Anne, a former music teacher who now suffers from a health problem concerning her carotid artery which caused her body to be paralyzed. They have the same health condition as Morrie since he also could not move his body well and also, they both do not want be assisted by anyone.

Second, in both stories, they are set in a specific place only. the setting in "Amour' is mainly in the apartment of Georges and Anne. For Tuesdays with Morrie, it's main setting is in Morrie's house.

Third, the rising action is the same as Tuesdays with Morrie's since it is in this part that the main character, Anne found out that she has a serious health problem and slowly gets paralyzed. The falling action is also the same since both stories' main characters (Morrie and Anne) died although their way of dying is not the same.
"I bounced around from New York to Florida and eventually too a job in Detroit..."
"I blinked back the tears... I like to think it was a fleeting moment of satisfaction for my dear old professor: he had finally made me cry."
"I looked at him. I saw all the death in the world. I felt hopeless. "
"I continued rubbing lotion into his lifeless toes. He wept for a few minutes, alone with his memories."
The story and the universal human experience it reflects.
Going back to what I've mentioned in the previous frames, the story of this book is all about a former professor and his former student who met each other again after few years. The professor is diagnosed with ALS and struggles to face the call of death while the student struggles in handling his life. The student, Mitch planned to visit his dying professor, Morrie. They had their Tuesday discussions which is all about the meaning of life and death.

The universal human experience reflected in this story is death. Each of us has our time to face death. We all know that death is inevitable. We cannot escape this phenomena that is why, according to Morrie, we should live life with meaning because we never know when we will be called to death. A good example is how Morrie handled his life after knowing he already has a limited time to live. He shared life lessons not only to Mitch but to the whole world through the interviews he had. He lived his life with love, compassion and selflessness. He gave meaning into his life and found his happiness and contentment that is why when his time was near, he did not feel any anxiety.
"He asked to see the hibiscus plant on the ledge behind him. I cupped it in my hand and held it up near his eyes. He smiled."
"...and there he was, lying in bed, under the sheet. I had seen him like this only one other time.. and the echo of his aphorism "When you're in bed, you're dead" began anew inside my head."
"There's already so much food. He hasn't eaten any from last time. Morrie can't eat most of this food. It's too hard for him to swallow. He has to eat soft things and liquid drinks now."
The symbols are related to the theme, "acceptance through detachment' because as you can see, these symbols are focused on the worsening health condition of Morrie which is also the focus of the theme since the theme implies that there are a lot of adjustments to do as Morrie slowly dies. He needs to get rid of the things he usually do, the food he usually eats, and his spending of past time in his favorite chair while watching how the nature goes. Though these symbols imply the hardships being faced by Morrie, he still manages to accept the fact that he is dying and detach himself from certain things.
The whole story is SYMBOLIC.
The old woman in "The Story of the Eldest Princess"
"But the big things- how we think, what we value- those you must choose yourself. You cannot let anyone- or any society determine those for you." - Morrie
"here, we are free, as old women are free, who don’t have to worry about princes or kingdoms…” - old woman
Aside from having the same physical appearance because of being old, Morrie and the old woman carry the same attitude towards dealing with life. They both advised that each of us are free to do whatever we want. We do not need to go with what the norms are saying. We are free to make meaning to our life. Each of us has our own life and we are responsible to our own actions. It's only us who can decide what to do with our own lives and how to make the most out of it,

I like how these two characters handle their life, regardless of their age. They actually opened my mind to act now and make my life something better efore it is too late. They inspired me to search for the meaning of life and make the most out of it,
Tuesdays with Morrie
The story depicts real life facts in Mitch Albom's life. For example, the setting of the story revolved from Detroit to Massachusetts. In fact, this is actually true in Albom's real life. He really went all the way to Massachusetts to visit his old professor. The same goes with other facts in the story. It is purely based on Mitch's real life.

For the historical and social contexts, the story is set in the mid 1990s. First, during this time, media is already existing and it is shown on Mitch's career in the field of Journalism since he worked as a columnist in Detroit Free Press. In the city of Detroit, sports is a big thing since they have professional teams in football, basketball, baseball and hockey. Through this, Mitch was able to perform actively in his job, focusing on the world of sports. Furthermore, media has been part of the story since it was mentioned in some scenes that Morrie is fund of watching news in the television and Mitch has browsed through some newspapers.

Second, during this time books are already in demand. This is shown in the fact that Albom's book, 'Tuesdays with Morrie' has sold over 14 million copies and was translated in 41 languages.
For many readers, hearing the title, "Tuesdays with Morrie" will bring predictions that it is all about a person's Tuesday meetings with Morrie It may also imply that this title was chosen because his Tuesdays with Morrie is very memorable and important. I consider the title of the book symbolic because it carries the memories built by Morrie and Mitch as they have their Tuesday discussions. It definitely shows the memorable Tuesday visits of Mitch to Morrie which led Mitch to be back on the right track. Also, Morrie was able to handle his condition well and the remaining days of his life.

The setting of the story is symbolic as well because Morrie's house is filled with calmness and peace. This helped in maintaining the serene mood of the story, particularly Morrie and Mitch's Tuesday discussions. The setting also symbolizes how life can be so serene if one will only take time to think how meaningful life is.

The title and names in the story are unique and I cannot think of anything that can be compared to them. These are symbolic in the life of Mitch because the title as well as the names in the story contributed a lot in his life, especially the name 'Morrie'. Actually, every single detail in the story is significant for Mitch because it made him feel better about life and be enlightened on the meaning of life.
Mitch recognizes Morrie's voice after flipping the channels on the television over the televion show, "Nightline". He immediately contacted his professor and drove all the way to West Newton, Massachusetts to visit him.

The action continues to rise as Mitch visits Morrie more often. They got to update each other on how their individual lives are going and reminisce their relationship back in Brandeis University. His Tuesday visits were also spent with discussions focused on Mitch's struggle with his life and Morrie's struggle with his upcoming death. Basically it is all about putting meaning in life and death.

For many Tuesdays, he would always look forward to visiting Morrie even if it means driving seven hundred miles to be able to talk to a dying man.
The Morrie of my life?
I think I already found him. I found the 'Morrie' of my life. As I was reading the book, I cannot help but ask myself if I already found the 'Morrie' of my life. I would get insecure of Mitch for having Morrie who taught him almost everything about the meaning of life but when I finally finished the book, I suddenly realized that I already found him, the 'Morrie' of my life.

Just to share to you a bit about this person...
I met my 'Morrie' when I was in third year high school. I would always think that whoever gets close to this guy would be very lucky not just because of the physical appearance but also because of the personality he has. "He is one of a kind", I told myself. A matured person like him is hard to find. It is as if he already found the meaning of life because he is able to handle situations well and if ever you will share a problem to him, his words will instantly make you feel better. He can even help you deal with your problem. He is just amazing and I admire him for that. When I got into fourth year high school, he is still my classmate and there, I got the chance to be close to him. As time passes by, I started to feel comfortable about sharing anything to him, especially my problems and he never failed to make me feel better since then. In fact, even if I do not have any problem, he would still share to me some life lessons. His words are really helpful and looking back to where I was before, I just realized that I'm more matured right now because of him. Somehow, I can already deal with problems better and whenever I still find difficulties, he's still right there by my side. I'm just so thankful for having him in my life!
I guess I can confidently say right now that he's the Morrie of my life.
Each Tuesday equates to a lesson in life.
14 Tuesdays.
the World
Feeling sorry for yourself
Fear of aging
How love goes on
the Perfect Day
Terry Eagleton's
'Literary theory: An introduction'
Terry Eagleton (b. 1943), British critic. "What Is Literature?" Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983).

"Literature cannot in fact be 'objectively' defined."
"There have been various attempts to define literature... but even the briefest reflection on what people commonly include under the heading of literature suggests that this will not do."
Givng my own opinion, yes there are different attempts to define literature. This is because I believe that each of us has our own definition of literature.Some may say that it is all about written works with sophisticated words. Some think that it is written works which conveys a meaning or message. I think one's definition of literature is built from experience. It depends on a person's view of literature through the different written works he has encountered. This is the reason why Terry Eagleton together with other personalities think that these attempts are not enough to truly define literature. For me, literature should be subjectively defined. As what Terry Eagleton mentioned in his theory that:` This is because as a reader, each of us has our own opinion on what literature is.
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