ENGLISH ESSAY: “TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE”
“Tuesdays with Morrie” written by Mitch Albom, tells the amazing story of
the unbelievable life that Morrie Schwartz lived, and how he left such a
huge impact on peoples life’s such as Mitch Albom. Morrie Schwartz, with
whom Mitch has lost in touch with for the last 16 years. Upon seeing him on
the “Nightline” program talking to Ted Koppel about what it was like to die
from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) Mitch was both horrified and ashamed. Soon
Mitch found himself in weekly meetings with Morrie on a Tuesday where they
would share and reflect on life’s issues, this is where the transformation
of Mitch begins. The story is an Autobiographical documentary written in
first person narrated by Mitch Albom.
What makes this story so brilliant is
the way in which it is written to portray Morries fantastic philosophy of
life and his attitudes towards death. What keeps the reader so intrigued to
find out what happens next is the style of the Narrative structure of the
text. Narrative Structure, repetition, foreshadowing flashbacks and
symbolism are some of the techniques used by Mitch Albom to present the
main themes in the text which are love and perish, acceptance through
detachment and morality.
Repetition is an important technique used to depict both Mitch and Morries
characters. Mitch calls Morrie “Coach” as he views him as a teacher of
life. Coach is repeated throughout the text which illustrates the impact
Morrie is having on Mitch’s life, he continually learns from him.
“Then again, how many business or law students ever visit their old
professors once they leave? Morrie’s students did that all the time. And
in final months, they came back to him, hundreds of them, from Boston, New
York, California, London, and Switzerland; from corporate offices and inner
city school programs. They called. They wrote. They drove hundreds of
miles for a visit, a word, a smile. “I’ve never had a teacher like you,”
they all said.
This proves that Morrie was not just a teacher, but a mentor. Also, it
wasn’t just Mitch who became aware of this fact. The extract from the text
highlights Mitch wasn’t the only student who saw his ‘coach’ as a mentor
and even, a hero. Morrie affected hundreds of his students in great
unimaginable ways to make significant differences in their lives. This is
one of the reasons why Morrie is looked upon by so many as a fine
inspirational professor, and was mourned by so many as he became ill and
began to pass away.
Morrie was Mitch’s “coach” at university teaching sociology, and this is
where he fell in love with him and saw his love for teaching and helping
On one occasion Morrie gave all his students A’s to avoid them
having to go to war, this shows Morrie’s strong character. The repetition
of flashbacks is an important and effective device used to show the growth
of Mitch’s character. Before having a strong relationship with Morrie,
Mitch can be seen as an ambitious money orientated journalist, but as the
story proceeds he starts to adopt Morrie’s attitudes and values towards
life. Flashbacks are used to depict Mitch as an ungrateful man with poor
attitudes towards life.
“As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed as ignorant as you were at
twenty- two, you’d always be twenty-two.
Aging is not just decay, you know.
It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s the
positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a
better life because of it”.
This quote is said during a flashback in the second Tuesday. Morrie had
asked his class to perform a trust fall exercise where he would test
another’s trust and reliability. The attitude Morrie was trying to put out
was that one must sometimes trust blindly, relying only on what they fell
to guide them in their decision making.
He uses the exercise to teach his
students that trustworthiness is a quality shared by two people in a
partnership, and that each person takes a risk in trusting the other. This
risk, however, is a risk that people must take. Morrie teaches his students
that trust is blind; one can only judge whether or not to trust another
based on an instinctive feeling, not because of any rational judgment or
method of thinking. This flashback is very useful in showing Morrie has
always had the same attitude towards life, and that Mitch was to trust him
and adopt his attitudes.
The style the text .