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Tuesdays With Morrie

Tuesdays With Morrie is a true novel based upon an older dying man's outlook on life. Throughout the story, the older man teaches his past student about life as his body is slowly withering away from the " Lou
Gehrig's Disease."

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: Morrie Schwartz (the older man) teaches his student,

Mitch Albom, what really matters in life. The only way that I can begin to describe Morrie's character, is to quote an excerpt from pg. 10 regarding his reaction after being diagnosed:

" But my old professor had a profound decision, one he began to construct the day he came out of the doctor's office with a sword hanging over his head. Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best of my time left?
He asked himself. He would not wither. He would not be ashamed of dying.
Instead he would make death his final project, the center point of his days.
Since everyone was going to die, he could be of great value, right? He could be research. A human textbook. Study me in my slow and patient demise.
Watch what happens to me. Learn with me. Morrie would walk that final bridge between life and death, and narrate the trip."

Based on his decision not to wither up and die, and instead use his dying, as an opportunity to teach others what truly matters in life, shows how unselfish and positive he really was. Morrie didn't see his time spent ill as a waste, instead, he said, and I quote, " I mourn my dwindling time, but I cherish the chance it gives me to make things right." (Pg. 167) As a way to further carry out Morrie's wish to be useful, both Morrie and Mitch decided to meet every Tuesday to study and discuss life's greatest lessons.

Not only do we see evidence of Morrie's character, we also see a change in
Mitch and his values. With Morrie as a guide, Mitch begins to understand that money, and materialistic wealth, have less significance

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