Tuesdays with Morrie

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TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE SUMMARY, REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Ruben Colon
Baker College

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE SUMMARY

The “Nightline” show arranged a second interview with Morrie Schwartz. During this dialogue, Ted Koppel asked Morrie about his fear of dying and Morrie expresses his fear of losing his ability to move his hands and talk. He described how he didn’t really care about not being able to eat. He pointed out how he has a friend who is losing his capability of hearing. Morrie goes into how he receives letters from people who have been interested in his condition. Morrie starts to speak about one particular letter. It was from a lady who lost a parent when she was an adolescent and how she attended a group, which provided therapy for people who went through the same situation. Morrie then breaks down crying during the interview and conveys how when his mother died when he was a child, he wishes he would have had a group assisted people like they did for her. The reason why he said that is because he was so lonely when his mother died.

During a flashback Morrie reveals for the second time that his mother had passed away, but instead this time he goes into detail. Morrie was only 8 years of age when he lost his mother. He was actually the one to break the news to his family. Morrie’s emotional state about his mother’s death was a tragic one. Albom reveals that during Morries mother’s sickness, Morrie pretended that his mother wasn’t actually sick, and how Morrie thought that that would make her sickness go away. In this same flashback (add a comma) we also realize that Morrie’s brother suffered from polio. In this recollection we saw how much Morrie suffered emotionally, how he had prayed frequently at a synagogue. One more occurrence in this memory about Morrie is how a step-mother comes into his life. She always made Morrie happy; she encourages him and was very diligent in how successful Morrie had to be with his grades. In this same...
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