Tuesdays with Morrie
Tuesdays with Morrie Author Mitch Albom was born in New Jersey in 1958, though he spent the greater part Of his youth in Philadelphia. In 1979, he earned his Bachelor Of Arts degree from 3randeis university in Waltham, Massachusetts, Where met and studied under his beloved professor, Morrie Schwartz, the title character of Tuesdays With Morrie In 1982, Alborn was awarded a Masters degree from Columbia university in New York_ After failed stints as an amateur boxer and mghtclub musician, Albom began his career as a sports Journalist, writing articles for newspapers such as the The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Detroit Free Press where he was employed from 1985 until his reunion with Morrie in 1995.
Albom also has his cv. hjrl nationally syndicated radio show,Monday Sports Albom. Each Tuesday, he learns frorn Morrie, his that he needs to reassess his life, and to love Over money, and happiness over success.Morrie Schwartz – Mitch’s favorite professor from 3randeis university, and the focus Of the bock, Morrie ncw suffers from a debilitating, incurable disease Which ravages his body, but, cruelly, leaves him intellectually lucid. He had taught sociology at Brandeis, and continues to teach it to Mitch, Instructing him on “The Meaning of Life,” and how to accept death and aging. After a childhood in which affection was largely absent, he thrives on physical contact as a baby would.
He has a passion for dancing and music, and quick to cry, especially since the onset of his disease. He does not suffocate his emotions, but shares them openly, and rejects the popular cultural norms favor of creating his own system ot beliefs. Mitch portrays him as a man of ultimate wisdom. Ted Koppel – One of the most famous living television interviewers. Koppel conducts three Interviews with Morrie for the news show “Nightline. ” He is surprised when Morrie asks him personal questions just after they have met. hough he immediately tears during his last interview with Morrie, having deconstructed what Morrie had called his “narcissistic” television personality.
Charlotte- Morrie’s caring wife, who, at his insistence, keeps her Job as a professor at M. I. T. throughout Morrie’s illness. Janine- Mitch’s patient wife who willingly takes a phone call from Morrie, whom she has never met, and insists upon Joining Mitch on his next Tuesday visit. Although she usually does not sing upon request, she does for Morrie, and moves him to tears with her beautiful voice. Peter- Mitch’s younger brother who lives in Spain. Peter flies to various European cities seeking treatment for his pancreatic cancer, though he refuses any help from his family, who he has for the most part estranged himself from. He is reluctant when Mitch first tries to reestablish a relationship with him, but eventually warms.
Read Charlie- Morrie’s dispassionate father who immigrated to America to escape the Russian Army. Charlie raises his children on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and works in the fur business, though he seldom finds Jobs and earns barely enough money to feed his family. He shows Morrie and his brother David little attention, and no affection whatsoever, and insists that Morrie keep his mother’s death a secret from David, as he wants his son to believe that his stepmother, Eva, is his biological other. He dies after having run away from muggers, and Morrie must travel to New York to identify his body at the city morgue. David – Morrie’s younger brother who, after their mother’s death, is sent with Morrie to a small hotel in the woods of Connecticut. There, he develops polio, seemingly Just after he and Morrie have spent a night frolicking outside in the rain. Although his paralysis has nothing to do with their night in the rain, Morrie and blames himself for David’s paralysis.
Eva – The kind, caring immigrant woman who Charlie marries after Morrie’s mother dies. She gives Morrie and his brother David the love and affection they have so longed for, and instills in Morrie his love of books and desire for education. Maurie Stein – A good friend of Morrie’s who sends some of Morrie’s aphorisms to a Boston Globe reporter who eventually publishes a feature story on Morrie. The reporter’s article prompts Ted Koppel to ask Morrie for an interview. Norman – An old friend of Morrie’s who he has long been estranged from. He had been an artist, and had sculpted a bust of Morrie, a deft depiction of his features. He eventually moved away, and shortly thereafter, did not send his regards to Morrie or Charlotte although he knew that Charlotte would be undergoing a serious surgery. accept his apology, which he regrets, especially after his death a few years following their break up. Connie- Morrie’s home health aide who is always there to assist Morrie in going to the bathroom, getting into his chair, and eating his meals.
She is in disbelief when OJ. Simpson is voted not guilty by the court Jury. A1 Axelrad – A rabbi from Brandeis and a long-time friend of Morrie’s. He performs Morrie’s funeral service. Rob and Jon – Morrie’s two adult sons who, though they live far, often travel to Boston o visit Morrie, especially as his condition worsens. Tony – Morrie’s home care worker who helps him in and out of his swimming suit. Conflict There are two conflicts in this novel: the major conflict is Morrie vs. ALS and the second, minor conflict, is Mitch vs. imself. Morrie must come to terms with his illness and accept his coming death from ALS. In the meantime, Mitch, his former college student, visits him every Tuesday. Mitch has become very disillusioned with his fast-paced life and constant strive for materialistic possessions. He struggles to ind meaning with his life and to change the person he has become in the sixteen years since he had last seen Morrie. Protagonist Morrie Schwartz is the protagonist of Tuesdays with Morrie; he is the character around which the action develops. Morrie is a loving, compassionate and accepting older man who is losing his life to the disease, ALS. Antagonist The disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is the antagonist of the story.
This is the disease from which Morrie is suffering throughout the novel. We see the disease gradually begin taking over Morrie: he stops dancing; he then eventually is confined o his chair in his study; the disease then prevents him from eating solid foods and moving around without help. Eventually he is bed ridden and fully succumbed to the disease, which does finally take his life. Climax Mitch visits Morrie for the last time, when he is very close to his death; after years of trying to get Mitch to open up, Morrie finally succeeds at doing so by seeing him cry. Outcome At Morrie’s funeral, Mitch has a conversation with Morrie, in his head, and feels at ease due to the familiarity of the conversation. Mitch also takes Morrie’s advice and contacts his brother in Spain. Another outcome of this story is the novel itself-Mitch relaying the story of a man who changed his life.
Summary Tuesdays with Morrie is the final lesson between a college professor, Morrie, and one of his long lost students and the author of the book, Mitch Albom. After seeing his professor in an interview on the show “Nightline,” the author is reminded of a promise he made sixteen years ago to keep in touch with him. Now stricken with ALS, Michigan to Massachusetts to meet with him. This meeting goes well and affects Mitch and Morrie so much that they meet for the next fourteen consecutive Tuesdays, up until Morrie passes away. During each of these meetings, they discuss a different topic about life.
These topics make up the content of the book and include death, love, culture, marriage, regret and the world we live in, among many others. The reader feels many emotions while reading this book, ranging from happiness to sadness, and more than likely, will be wiping away tears at the end. It makes the reader think about their own life and ponder aging, forgiveness, family, compassion, and mentors in life, Just as Mitch Albom does during the course of the book.