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Name: Instructor: Course: Date: “Tuesdays with Morrie”: Family and Money. In “Tuesdays with Morrie,” a true-life story, Mitch Albom gives a poignant, deeply moving account of the hours spent with his former Professor, Morrie Schwartz, as Morrie approaches the end of his life.
Morrie has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and has only weeks to live. Morrie, who once taught Mitch Sociology, now gives his past student a lesson on the meaning of life. Morrie’s gentle discourse, which spans thirteen Tuesdays, is focused on the themes of family and money, and the comparative merit of each in leading a meaningful life. To Morrie, family is the very “foundation” (91) of love. As Mitch and his former Professor talk about the family on the fifth Tuesday, Morrie give us one of the most beautiful quotes in the book: “Without love, we are like birds with broken wings” (92). Morrie declares that the most precious thing a family imparts to life is “spiritual security” (92): the absolute confidence that comes from the knowledge that one’s family will always watch out for one’s well-being. It is the family which makes suffering easier to bear. Children are not a burden but one of the greatest experiences of a lifetime. Even as Morrie ensures that there is a veritable “waterfall of affection” (93) between him and his two sons, he gives his children the freedom to fashion their own lives. Morrie declares that having children is the only way “to learn how to bond and to love in the deepest way” (93). The only disadvantage of the familial bond is the pain of parting. ...
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