The Tuesdays with Morrie, written by Mitch Albom is the true story of an old college professor and a prior student now facing life, death, and time. Throughout the story, Albom shows many morals, themes, and life lessons; however three themes truly stood out within this story. Mitch Albom specifically pointed out to the reader the three specific themes of friendship, truth, and the sad reality that everybody dies.
Albom showed the theme of friendship within the book, by presenting the relationship between Morrie and Mitch. Mitch moves on after college saying goodbye to his favorite professor and intensely close friend Morrie. However, throughout all of the years they parted, Mitch returned to see Morrie, and to spend time with him before his death. This portrays the theme of friendship because, Mitch returned to Morrie to be with him, and spend time with him even after all of the years they were apart. “Be compassionate,” Morrie whispered. And take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much better a place. He took a breath, and then added his mantra: “Love each other or die.” That quote is from Mitch to his best friend Morrie.
Mitch showed the theme of truth because, Morrie showed Mitch, his family, friends, and many people around the world watching a show Morrie was publicly broadcasted on; that you only learn to live once you start to die. Morrie only just learned what was important and vital to his life once he began to die. Morrie tried to show this to everyone around him, expressing to them the importance in life, and expressing that they all needed to follow their dreams before time ran out. Morrie inspired many people, including Mitch into writing the book Tuesdays with Morrie. Morrie revealed a multitude of secrets in life, and this is a symbol of truth.
In Tuesdays with Morrie, the theme that everyone dies is symbolized within the whole story. The story itself is about death, and leads up to the death of the main character. Morrie is expressing to everyone that one day, they will die, and it is important to live every day like it’s your last, because you never know when it will be. Throughout the story, Morrie expresses that one day we all will die, and this is true. No One can live forever.
Tuesdays with Morrie was a brilliant piece which can be looked at as a guide to life. It expresses love, tragedy, life and death within friendship, truth, and the fact that everyone will die. Mitch Albom reveals to his audience that people should live their lives to the fullest every day, that we should spend it with those we love, and be honest with one another for lying only leads to numbness and self-hatred. Tuesdays with Morrie is a very revealing and honest book with themes that are the building blocks of life, friendship, truth, and the sad reality that everybody dies one day.
Tuesdays with Morrie is Mitch Albom's memoir of his days spent with his former professor, Morrie Schwartz, as the latter was dying from a horrific neurological disorder. First and foremost, the book is about the importance of adopting the right values. Having decided to put aside, at least once a week, his own self-centered professional ambitions to sit with his beloved former professor, with whom he fell out of touch over the intervening years between...
Tuesdays with Morrie is Mitch Albom's memoir of his days spent with his former professor, Morrie Schwartz, as the latter was dying from a horrific neurological disorder. First and foremost, the book is about the importance of adopting the right values. Having decided to put aside, at least once a week, his own self-centered professional ambitions to sit with his beloved former professor, with whom he fell out of touch over the intervening years between graduation and the discovery of Morrie's illness, Albom begins to see in his one-time academic mentor a source of wisdom about life and the inevitability of death. The lessons Albom learned from Morrie comprise the themes of Albom's book. In a chapter titled "Taking Attendence," Albom recalls something Morrie told him about the average human's pursuit of fame or material wealth at the expense of what was really important given the impermanence of all human life:
So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
The theme of treasuring life itself and the relationships one makes at each phase of life runs through Tuesdays with Morrie. It is felt in every session between student and teacher. Morrie is a proponent of living a life built around these relationships and about the imperative of chasing personal fulfillment born of emotional connections. Morrie views the society around him as obsessed with material gain and professional ambition at the expense of emotional health. He teaches Mitch that death is the great equalizer and that no amount of wealth or ambition is worth the costs to one's soul involved in their attainment. As Morrie approaches the death he knows is imminent, the importance of this theme becomes increasingly apparent.