Explain the major way(s) Mitch has changed through this memoir project in Tuesdays with Morrie and how his chosen structure for this piece highlights those changes.

The precise chapter structure of Tuesdays with Morrie highlights the major ways that Mitch Albom has changed throughout the memoir project in that it shows that the continual visits with Morrie Schwartz connect to his growing realization that he should be leading a more meaningful life.

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To discuss how Mitch Albom, the author of Tuesdays with Morrie, changes throughout the structure of the book, one should get a grasp on how the book is structured. One can parse the structure of a book by evaluating its organization.

It looks like Albom has organized his book into chapters. The chapters don’t possess traditional numbers (e.g., chapter 1, chapter 2, etc.) but they do possess names. The names aren't indirect or windy. They get right to the point. For example, in the chapter “The Fourth Tuesday: We Talk About Death,” Albom and his mentor, Morris “Morrie” Schwartz, talk about, as it so happens, death.

The precise structure and naming might link to the major changes that Albom undergoes throughout his memoir. The upfront, no-frills organization of the books contrasts with Albom's admittedly decadent, materialistic lifestyle. In a sense, the book’s organization supplies the purpose and clarity that Albom wants for his own life.

Another way to think about how the book’s structure relates to Albom’s major changes is through juxtaposition. This is one of the main literary devices that aids Albom’s memoir. Albom not only contrasts his present self with his college self, but also places his present self side by side with Morrie. The difference between what Albom does when he’s not with Morrie and what he does when he’s with Morrie work with the structure to highlight how Albom has deviated from a meaningful life and how Morrie’s weighty thoughts gradually return him to a fulfilling life.

The chapters and juxtapositions build up to “The Conclusion.” In this final section, Albom announces that he will be implementing major changes. He speaks of himself as two selves: his old self and his present self. The present self will be launching a concrete effort to zero in on what’s really important from now on.

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