A Prelude to the Thoughts of Morrie Schwartz
What's on your mind right now? Are you satisfied with your surroundings? Do you wish for a better life? These are questions that we wish to answer but just can't seem to grasp. This criticism paper attempts to find answers to these questions. This paper seeks to clarify what makes the novel Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom such a success amongst its readers. This paper is not a pamphlet wherein you may find frequently asked questions and their answers but this paper serves as a guide to discovering the thoughts of Morrie Schwartz and what the readers of the novel have to say about him and his precepts. The paper may not affect you much after reading it but I'm hoping that It will make you understand things a bit more as this question is discussed: "What feature of the novel essentially makes it compelling for readers?" While searching for answers I shall be using the reader response approach to literary criticism since this paper requires thoughts and opinions of others. With this method I shall come up with surveys that answer several questions that were discussed in the novel and also opinions on certain topics that I wish to emphasize in this paper. This approach allows me to go beyond the barriers and get the outlook of others about the novel.
Experience is what connects us with others
The very personal tone of the novel Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom is essentially influenced by the author's purpose for readers to establish a direct connection with its main characters. The book is subtitled "An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson". The book is about a young man who loses his way (Albom), and the old man who makes him realize this (Schwartz). How did Albom lose his way? After college graduation (1976, Brandeis University, Massachusetts) he promised to keep in touch with his professor but never did. Then his favorite uncle, 44, died of pancreatic cancer and Albom suddenly felt time was...
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