In Mitch Albom’s book Tuesdays with Morrie, class takes place on Tuesday in the study of Albom’s former professor Morris “Morrie” Schwartz. Schwartz was Albom’s mentor while he was a student at Brandeis University. Schwartz tried to instill Albom with certain beliefs that went against what his parents and conventional society were telling him. While Albom’s dad wanted him to become a lawyer, Schwartz encouraged Albom to pursue his dream of being a musician.
After graduating from Brandeis, Albom finds success as a sports writer and journalist. Yet Albom realizes he has strayed from the principles of his mentor. Albom admits that he has grown self-involved and materialistic. “I traded lots of dreams for a bigger paycheck,” he confesses.
To reconnect with his values, Albom returns to class. This can be confusing. Albom doesn’t actually go back to school. He is not in a physical classroom with desks, a projector screen, and so on. He is in West Newton, Massachusetts in his former professor’s aforementioned study. While it might be more accurate to call these Tuesday sessions “visits,” “talks,” or “chats,” Albom goes with the class metaphor because he is learning so much from Schwartz: it is like he is back in school.
Albom’s Tuesday classes with Schwartz teach him, among other things, about giving out love, not giving into self pity, and facing death with dignity and without fear.