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Tuesdays With Morrie

by Mitch Albom
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Did your opinion about Mitch change as Tuesdays with Morrie went on? In what way?

The main character, Mitch Albom is a sports journalist whose career has stalled in New York City. He gets a call from his old college professor, Morrie Schwartz. Morrie is dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and he wants to see Mitch one last time. Mitch flies out to see him every Tuesday for the next fourteen weeks while Morrie is dying. They talk about everything from family to death, love and life. Morrie talks about his life, his regrets, his children, and all the things he wanted to do but never did or said - too late now that he is dying with ALS. Mitch shares these conversations with the reader in Tuesdays with Morrie .

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Mitch experiences the ultimate lesson on this book - he learns about himself. What he learns form Maury is that success and happiness are not always measured in dollar signs or in popularity polls. There is a great deal of humanity in this work. At the start, Mitch is not...

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Mitch experiences the ultimate lesson on this book - he learns about himself. What he learns form Maury is that success and happiness are not always measured in dollar signs or in popularity polls. There is a great deal of humanity in this work. At the start, Mitch is not a likable character. He is self-absorbed, always in a hurry, but for what? Ultimately, we will all die. It is not death that defines us but how we live life.

As readers, we learn a series of lessons alongside of Mitch. We change our opinion of him as we change our views of ourselves. There is a little bit of Mitch in all of us. This is why we are able to connect with him. As we learn Maury's lessons, we learn to like ourselves, and Mitch, just a bit more. we learn to forgive and forget, we learn to accept our limitations, we learn that it is never too late to change, that death is not the end of love, that dreams are important as is our ability to reach for them if we only try. I think this quote from the book sums up much of what Mitch learns:

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” (p. 43)

Mitch is "half-asleep" and going through the motions. He becomes alive because of Maury.

Albom, M. (1997) Tuesdays with Morrie. New York: Doubleday

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