"Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom: Critical Thinking

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1. Yes, my opinion about Mitch did change as the book went on. As a young man in college, Mitch found a friend away from home. This friend happened to be Morrie, his professor. However, after Mitch graduated he was confronted by a world full of a "false" culture, foreign to a healthy one you can personally create. Mitch's dreams of becoming a musician quickly drifted away, and became hidden behind the pursuit of money and a powerful career. As a sports columnist, Mitch was flipping through the television, looking for topics. Coincidently, he ran into a show broadcasting Morrie and his heroic fight against death with a forgiving outlook on life. Mitch, plagued by his promise of staying in touch after college, was disturbed even more at how time and sickness had changed the old man. He visited the old professor, and after having his last fourteen "classes" with Morrie on consecutive Tuesdays, Morrie finally passed away. Previous to Morrie death, it finally came clear of Mitch's change when Mitch must accept that Morrie is dying and will not be with him on earth for much longer. Mitch's urge to yank the oxygen tube from Morrie's nose is an action of fear; he is afraid of what will become of him without Morrie to guide him (a repeat of what happened after college).

2. I think that it is not fair to say who got more out of their Tuesday meetings. The reason for this is because although Mitch needed the guidance and lessons, Morrie also needed Mitch to know that Mitch fulfilled his promise of coming back to see him.

3. I do not think Mitch would have come back to Morrie's house the second time if he hadn't been semi-idled by the newspaper strike. I say this because when the "worlds culture" has you in a mindset of false priorities, it is hypnotizing. Although Mitch would have flashbacks of his times with Morrie, he was preoccupied with his job and Morrie was an afterthought of what he had become. Consequently, Mitch was becoming afraid of confronting Morrie because of his of not keeping his promise.

4. Morrie shouldn't have been tougher or easier on Mitch. What Morrie was able to do with Mitch was transform him from being motivated by material wealth into a man who is motivated by love. Morrie also reveals that despite his old age, he is still changing, as every person does until his or her dying day. Just like the Pink Eucalyptus tree.

5. I think Mitch would have listened to Morrie before dying. During college, Morrie was Mitch's biggest influence, and I don't think that would change. Morrie seemed to have this astronomical knowledge in his words, that no one could resist inheriting and applying in their life.

6. Yes, this book makes Morrie's death a public event because Morrie's sickness was broadcasted on television and Morrie became an idle to many people.

7. Morrie referred to himself as a bridge between life and death. Billy Graham has had such a great influence on people because of his strength of words that describe his life before, in between, and after he became a Christian.

8. No, I know that Morrie would've not rather died suddenly. I say this because he explained how he felt lucky to tell his loved ones how much he cared for them, and to address the issues that he had trouble facing throughout his life. Although, it was a slow and painful process, Morrie got enjoyment out of it knowing that he was also helping other people through the cause, just like Mitch.

9. The most emotion I have ever expressed when losing someone was when my grandpa and dog died. I still have pain about my dog because I still feel its something that I could've prevented. However, when thinking about my grandpa this book relieves some pain that surfaced when I was reading this book.

10. I have no idea how Morrie would have reacted if he were diagnosed with ALS at Mitch's age. I would think he would be more rational, and not accepting. I say this because as you go through life you learn things, which you apply to...
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