In Tuesdays with Morrie did Mitch change as the book went on? In what way?

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teachsuccess eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mitch does change as the story continues. He relates how he spent most of his youth trying to become a famous musician only to be disappointed by his failure to do so. Mitch's life changed after his favorite uncle died of pancreatic cancer before he turned fifty. Immediately after his uncle's death, Mitch returned to college and earned a degree in journalism. After graduation, he wrote for sports newspapers and magazines.

Eventually, his sports columns drew attention, and he became a popular sports television personality. Mitch recalls that his life changed after he found fame. He stopped renting and began purchasing homes. He also began buying stocks, eventually building a formidable portfolio of investments. Mitch admits that materialism took over his life, and he forgot all about the lessons Morrie taught him years ago. Mitch began to neglect his personal relationships.

After Mitch begins meeting regularly with his dying professor, his life begins to change. Mitch comes to appreciate the importance of cherishing those he purports to care for. He becomes more compassionate and more open to others. He also tells us how he contacted his estranged brother after Morrie's death and how he communicated his affection to his brother. 

So, Mitch is initially self-focused and dismissive of others. After he begins to meet regularly with Morrie, Mitch begins to change. He becomes more empathetic, considerate, and solicitous.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mitch does change as the book goes on (especially towards the end) because he is learning many life lessons from Morrie. Mitch really valued money and material things but he eventually learned from Morrie that these things are not what is important in life. Mitch has learned that he needs to live his life to the fullest. He realizes that he wasted a lot of time working and this needs to change. In addition, Morrie teaches him not to live a life that is full of vanity. Mitch admires Morrie and wants to live his life the way Morrie lived his-full of love and acceptance.

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book "Tuesdays with Morrie" Mitch was not very responsible about visiting the people that he cared about.  He had let too much time pass between Morrie and himself and he had promised him he would visit and not come back for years. 

Mitch recognizes this in himself and begins to make sure that he visits Morrie consistently every Tuesday.  As Mitch watches Morrie physically dying before him but still having his sense of humor and dignity, Mitch begins to question his own life and the things that he did not do because it was easier to make other choices.

Morrie teaches Mitch how to truly live and embrace his life.  Mitch changes because he has more appreciation about his life and decides to pursue other dreams he had once had.  He later writes the book Tuesdays with Morrie.