In Tuesdays With Morrie, what unmanly thing does Morrie want Mitch to be able to do?

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The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, whose father was a fur merchant, Morrie vowed to never to work anywhere in which workers were exploited. So, he became a teacher, specifically a sociology professor at Brandeis University in Boston during the 1960's. He taught classes on social psychology and "group process"; in his classes, Morrie stress human relationships more than the theories of science, acquainting his students with his personal beliefs. Because he lived what he taught, Morrie touched many a student.

One of his students, Mitch Albom, connects with his professor, but after graduation he moves to Michigan and loses touch with his teacher, who has encouraged him in his desire to become a musician. One night, sixteen years later, as he watches Nightline on ABC, Mitch, who has become a sports journalist instead of a musician, learns of Morrie as he being interviewed. it is then that Mitch decides to rekindle his relationship with his old professor since he has lost his job. So, he visits Morrie on what is the first of fourteen Tuesdays, days on which he learns many a valuable lesson on both living and dying. Then, on the fourteenth Tuesday, Morrie dies, but not without having accomplishing his goal of getting Mitch to be able to show emotion.

As he lies in his terribly weakened state from his debilitating disease after having taught Mitch his most valuable life lesson, Morrie and Mitch express their love for each other. Mitch narrates,

I blinked back the tears, and he smacked his lips together and raised his eyebrows at the sight of my face. I like to think it was a fleeting moment of satisfaction for my dear old professor: he had finally made me cry. “Okay, then,” he whispered.

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