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What is the significant relationship between the two characters in Tuesdays with Morrie?

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vbernal | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 6, 2010 at 4:27 AM via web

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What is the significant relationship between the two characters in Tuesdays with Morrie?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 6, 2010 at 4:55 AM (Answer #1)

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The two characters with the significant relationship in this book are Mitch (the author) and Morrie Schwartz, his college professor who he once promised he'd keep in touch with.

As it turned out, Mitch grew up and never did reconnect with the man who, in college, taught him several life-lessons about relationships and keys to a happy and succesful life.  Then one night, Mitch sees Morrie on a TV interview with Ted Koppel.  He is dying from ALS.  This sparks Mitch's desire to go see his old professor, which turns into a series of visits, all on Tuesdays, and later, what Mitch turns into this book--a record of his "last class" with Morrie.

The main significance of the relationship is unique to Mitch but not to Morrie.  Morrie is a man who makes deep and personal conenctions with those around him.  Mitch, on the other hand, has been living a very lonely and independent success-driven life.  Morrie teaches him how to reconnect with himself and others and through his genuinely positive attitude, he shows Mitch how to appreciate life for what it is.  Ironically, the lessons taught are heightened by the fact that Morrie is dying, but certainly this is a man who would otherwise be just as effective in encouraging people (like Mitch) to do more and be more, simply by taking more time for friends, family, and appreciation of little things.

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