The Analysis of the Philosophical and Social Approaches in Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie
An Undergraduate Thesis Proposal Presented to the Faculty of the College of Human, Development, Department of Teacher Education
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the
Degree of Bachelor of Secondary Education
Major in English
Agote, Daisy C.
Austria, Rhea Carla D.
Bangate, Luzila Camille C
Banzon, Ansherina Q.
Garganza, Nerissa _.
Background of the Study
It is believed that reading literature affects the social beliefs of man. In fact, according to the book The Moral Laboratory: Experiments examining the effects of reading literature on social conception and moral self-concept by Jemeljan Hakemulder, literature-based treatments affect the readers’ attitudes, norms, values, beliefs, self-concept, social abilities and level of moral and critical thinking. This has been based on the study conducted by the author to show how literature affects the society. This belief on the effects of literature applies well on Mitch Albom’s novel, Tuesdays with Morrie. The novel showcases a real-life story of an old teacher and his views about the different circumstances in life, including life itself, marriage and death among others. It was believed that the novel changed the author’s perception about life and society. (http://www.ebooks.com/ebooks/book_display.asp?IID=622864). English novelist and essayist E.M Foster once said that, what is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it to the condition of the man who wrote it. That is the exact reason why Tuesdays with Morrie, an autobiography is an international bestseller. It is one of the most influential writing of all time with its simple yet conversational way of narration that makes the reader feel the same way as the author. Mitchel David "Mitch" Albom is an accomplished sport writer born in Passaic, New Jersey. Mitch eventually turned full-time to his writing, working as a freelance sports journalist in New York for publications such as Sports Illustrated, GEO, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. His first full time newspaper job was as a feature writer and eventual sports columnist for The Fort Lauderdale News and Sun Sentinel in Florida. In 1995, he married Janine Sabino. That same year he re-encountered Morrie Schwartz, a former college professor who was dying of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. His visits with Schwartz would lead to the book Tuesdays with Morrie, which moved Mitch away from sports and began his career as an internationally recognized author. Tuesdays with Morrie is the chronicle of Mitch’s time spent with his beloved professor. As a labor of love, Mitch wrote the book to help pay Morrie’s medical bills. It has spent four years on the New York Times Bestseller list and is now the most successful memoir ever published. (www.mitchalbom.com) Born to a Russian father, Schwartz grew up in the Jewish tenements in New York City. He took his undergraduate degree from City College in New York, and earned his Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1946 and 1951 respectively. He wrote three books on sociology in the 1950s and 1960s. He began teaching at Brandeis University, in the sociology department. Among his students was future sportswriter and TV host Mitch Albom. Schwartz continued to teach at Brandeis into his 70s, until a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) made it too difficult for him to continue. He was the subject and reason behind the writing of the book, Tuesdays with Morrie. (www.focusdep.com) Tuesdays with Morrie tells the true story of 78 year old sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz and his relationship with his students particularly Mitch Albom as he recounts times after 16 years of not hearing from his professor until one night on T.V. he sees...
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