Comparing and Contrasting the Techniques of William Shakespeare and Mitch Albom
In William Shakespeare’s As You like It and Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie two very different yet similar works written in distant time frames link together the aspects of death. Though they are both centered around one core subject, each author approaches the topic with their own opinions and attitudes peeking through. One work is more matter-of-fact while the other is leaning toward sentimental and emotional value. The thoughts and feelings conveyed in both pieces of literature allow the reader to take away knowledge from two sides of the spectrum. The deep story detailed in Tuesdays with Morrie leaves readers with a life-changing perspective while As You like It does not create the same impact.
Shakespeare and Mitch Albom took diverging paths to explain and express personal opinions and attitudes through their writing. Shakespeare created sentimental and romanticized imagery of a man traveling through the seven stages of his life. Albom on the other hand used a very blunt character to create a matter-of-fact attitude to his writing. Both men have tones that add to their specific story in a way that exercised their techniques on the reader. Albom’s tone is prominent at a certain point in Tuesdays with Morrie when he said, “Morrie was looking at life from some very different place than anyone else I knew. A healthier place. A more sensible place. And he was about to die.” (Albom 63). Albom’s tone showed how resilient Morrie seemed, even as his body was failing him. Shakespeare’s tone can be identified through the line, “And one man in his time plays many parts, / His acts being seven stages” (Shakespeare II. Vii. 4-5). Shakespeare explained these seven stages in a whimsical fashion with fanciful imagery. This is why Shakespeare is categorized as having the sentimental tone, while Albom has the practical and matter-of-fact tone. However, Shakespeare and Albom overlap in the...
Cited: Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie. New York: Broadway Books, 1997. Print.
Shakespeare, William. As You like It. London: First Folio, 1623. Print.
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