Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom Essay
1250 Words5 Pages
Tuesdays With Morrie
Many people learn many things in many different ways. Most learn in school or church, some learn in asking questions, but I believe the best lessons are taught from a good friend. Tuesdays With Morrie is a true story of the remarkable lessons taught by a dying professor, Morrie Schwartz, to his pupil, Mitch Albom. Morrie teaches Mitch the lessons of life, lessons such as death, fear, aging, greed, marriage, family, society, forgiveness, and a meaningful life. This is a story of a special bond of friendship that was lost for many years, but never forgotten and simply picked up again at a crucial time of both Morrie's and Mitch's lives. Mitch was flipping through his television stations one night and stopped…show more content…
He had become dependent on others for nearly everything. Morrie's feeling on this was, "I felt a little ashamed, because our culture tells us we should be ashamed if we can't wipe our own behind. But then I figured, forget what the culture says." It's like going back to being a child again, it's inside all of us, and it's just remembering how to enjoy it.
Society is big on staying and looking young. People are constantly working out, watching what they eat, and getting surgeries such as botox and breast augmentation. Our society is too concerned on looking youthful. Morrie had aging in better perspective, "The young are not wise, they have very little understanding about life. Who wants to live every day when you don't know what's going on? When people are manipulating you, telling you to buy this perfume and you'll be beautiful, or this pair of jeans and you'll be sexy It's very simple. As you grow you learn more. If you'd stayed at twenty-two, you'd always be ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, it's growth." Aging is 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.
Another big issue in society is the issue of money and greed. Society tells us that owning
Tuesdays With Morrie is that rare piece of work which has both depth of meaning and tremendous universal appeal. Deceptively brief and easy to read, the book was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for over two hundred weeks after its initial publication in 1997. In the book, the author, Mitch Albom, recounts his weekly meetings with his mentor Morrie Schwartz over the final fourteen weeks of the old professor's life, organizing the material appealingly like a course syllabus, complete with descriptions of audiovisuals and an outline of topics to be discussed during each class period. The author intersperses brief flashbacks at regular intervals in the framework, providing background for the two main characters—himself and Morrie—so that the reader can better understand their relationship. There is no grading involved in Morrie's last class, in keeping with his philosophy of withholding judgement upon others. Instead of a graduation ceremony, there is a funeral. The tone of the book is intensely personal, and its format lends itself to reader involvement. Mitch and Morrie reveal themselves in simple dialogue and the reader quickly gets to know them as friends.
Despite its simple presentation, however, the book's content is deeply meaningful and significant. Mitch's portrayal of death is in no way sugar-coated, and Morrie's philosophy of life goes straight to the core of all that is important and true. The book has been recognized for its realistic description of the dying process and its sensitive delineation of the needs of the dying; because of its skillful and in-depth handling of pertinent issues of life and death and its treatment of death as a natural act, Tuesdays With Morrie has been recommended and used successfully as text material in university-level courses on the subject of death and dying. The book was made into a TV movie in 1999, and is available on both videotape and DVD. The initial "Nightline" interview between Ted Koppel and Morrie Schwartz which brought Mitch and Morrie back together, as well as two subsequent interviews, are also available for supplementary viewing.