Tuesdays With Morrie
Tuesdays with Morrie, written by Mitch Albom, is a story about life. Morrie Schwartz, a sociology teacher, and his best student, Mitch Albom, lose connection after he graduates and his life turns in a completely different direction. Years later though Morrie is diagnosed with a debilitating disease (ALS) that lands him on national T.V. where Mitch gains his motivation to reconnect with him before time is up. During their final Tuesdays together Mitch faces a lot of symbols that relates to his and Morrie’s life and their relationship together. Just a few symbols described during their time together were Morrie’s bed, Morrie’s wish of becoming a Gazelle, and the wave story Morrie told Mitch was a symbol in itself.
“When you’re in bed, you’re dead” (131, Mitch Albom). This was one of Morrie’s first and most meaningful aphorism in the book but the symbol was the Morrie’s bed itself. The bed represents the surrendering of his body too the disease in the book. Morrie wakes up every morning and immediately gets out of bed and moves to another room in the house, mostly he goes to his study where all his books are. When you are in bed your not doing anything, your not being productive with your day. When your laying in bed 24/7 with nothing better to do but stair at the ceiling and roll over every once in a while, it turns into your prison or even worse, your grave.
If Morrie was to be reincarnated, what would he be? “If I had a choice, a Gazelle” (108, Mitch Albom). “Yes. So graceful. So fast” (108, Mitch Albom). The gazelle is a symbol of the life Morrie wants to have and the abilities he doesn’t. Morrie, in his current condition, is becoming more and more trapped in his own body. The Gazelle is free, fast, and so graceful. Morrie use to be that way when he danced and swam so he would love to be that way again.
“Okay. The story is about a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He’s enjoying the...
Cited: Albom, Mitch, Tuesdays with Morrie. New York: Broadway Books, 1997.
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