Tuesdays with Morrie Novel Analysis
Morrie is about in his late seventies. “He has thinning silver hair that spills onto his forehead…and tufts of graying eyebrows.” (pg.3) He lived in the late 1970s. “It is the late spring of 1979…” (pg.3) Morrie is a sociology professor at Brandeis University. “…the senior class of Brandeis University…my favorite professor…” (pg.3) Morrie has a wife named Charlotte, and two sons named rob and Jon. “Morrie with his wife Charlotte; Morrie with his two sons rob… and Jon.” (pg.91)
Mitch is about fifty one years old and lived in the 1990s. He is a sports journalist. “I earned a master’s degree in journalism and took the first job offered, as a sports writer.’ (pg.16) He has an older sister and a younger brother. “You have an older sister too right?” (pg.94), “I do indeed have a younger brother…two-years-younger brother.” (pg.95)
Morrie’s fortune changed when he was diagnosed with ALS. “Morrie had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)…” (pg.7). ALS caused Morrie to “have trouble walking” (pg.6), and it caused him not to do a lot of other things like use the bathroom by himself. “Connie would wheel him to the toilet, then lift him from the chair and support him as he urinated into the beaker.” (pg.49) His moral character also changed because he said, “Now that I’m suffering, I feel closer to people who suffer than I ever did before.” (pg.50)
Mitch’s fortune changes when the newspaper he works for goes on strike, “…the unions at my newspaper had gone on strike.” (pg.44) His moral character also changes because Morrie “finally made him cry”. (pg.186). Mitch’s knowledge changes because he learns that “offering others what you have to give” will give you satisfaction. (pg.126). He also learns how to find a meaningful life by “devoting yourself to loving others, devoting yourself to your community around you, and devoting yourself to something that gives you purpose and meaning. (pg.127)
I think that Morrie is a round character...
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