In the Ninth Tuesday, Morrie mention that he “believed in being fully present,” as I read this myself I could see that whenever I spoke to people, I was fully present in conversations with my family or friends. There were moments in which I look back and see that I was too focused on my problems or daydreaming that I did not have the time to pay attention to what others told me. There are moments in which, I will be having a conversation with someone, and I will be texting someone else and not pay attention to the other
All three of the authors use literary devices in their own way to do a variety of things, whether that be getting a certain message across, exaggerating something, or showing the narrator’s reactions to certain things. In all three of the stories, the authors make use of flashbacks. In Big Boy, the author provides a flashback of his mother telling him that everyone defecates. He does this to show the reader that he understands that fecal matter is normal, but he still doesn’t want to be blamed for the situation he was in. In Tuesday’s with Morrie, several flashbacks are provided between all the chapters to give the reader some insight as to how Mitch and Morrie’s friendship grew. In The Last Lecture, the author talks about his days playing football as a teenager and he often references back to things his coach did. He talks about his coach’s antics in order to get across that everything can be a learning experience.
Throughout Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom expresses thematic elements through various literary devices. Albom articulates Morrie’s life lessons discussed during their weekly Tuesday meetings using similes and metaphors to create a deeper understanding for the reader. Morrie, a Sociology professor at Brandeis University, is suffering through ALS, which is a serious, fatal illness. Through life lessons, Morrie expresses the importance of using effective time management. Finally, Albom provides encouragement throughout this strong thematic story about Morrie’s life lessons.
In the novel tuesdays with Morrie, a man by the name of Mitch Albom goes to visit his old sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, after hearing word that Morrie was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or most commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. During their last few Tuesday meetings Morrie gave Mitch serious advice on life death and everything in between. This paper will address various concepts in sociology that are portrayed in the novel with the help of the symbolic interactionism perspective.
Although the novel and the film had many things in common, they both have differences as well of representing the story. The movie April Morning did not do a good job of showing the whole story. In the movie, some scenes were cut down; however, some characters were not shown in the movie as they were shown in the novel. Especially in the book, Adam’s brother Levi was presented. However in the movie, Levi was not shown nor talked about. The novel indicates that Levi heard Adam saying the word “spell” (Page 4) while in the movie, the father, Moses, catches Adam saying the spell. The film illustrates that Adam and his grandmother talked outside of the house. On the opposite, the novel represents both of them talking inside the house when Adam
In a way Mitch’s cognitive development during the weeks he visits with Morrie mirrors his time at college. While Mitch took all of Morrie’s classes and gained what Robert Sternberg would call analytical knowledge he also visited with Morrie every week and obtained practical knowledge (Santrock, 2014). Mitch sees this time with Morrie as one last class of the professor’s that he can attend. However, the life lessons that Morrie imparts to Mitch before he dies are more
Mitch has a very courteous and gregarious perspective on life. He basically believes that everyone deserves a chance. When he first meets Blanche, he begins to fall in love with her but soon after Stanley reveals the true Blanche to Mitch, he feels betrayed. At that point, his perspective changed because, he begins to become a little more like Stanley. An example of this is when he finds out and comes to meet Blanche and tells her
“College is the reward for surviving high school.” In the novel The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt, Holling’s dad does not let Heather, who is Holling’s sister, go to Columbia University in New York. I think this is because he wants Heather to stay living as a family. I also think Holling’s dad hates college. He thinks that college is so stupid, and you just finish high school, and go on in life. I think Heather’s gonna sneakily go to college without her dad knowing.
“The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure” (57). Two men that lived for their passion for adventure was Chris McCandless and Jay Moriarity. Chris McCandless was a young man who hitched hike to Alaska to explore and survive in the wilderness. Jay Moriarity was a young surfer who was determined to ride Mavericks, the largest waves. Chris's story was heard by a man named Jon Krakauer and Chris's story was developed and published into a novel for the world to hear, which got controversial feedback. Although both seem to come from very different lifestyles and had different pursuits for adventure, both share many qualities such as home life, preparation for goals, and the willingness to let people be there for them.
The main character Holling Hoodhood, from The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt, goes to school at Camillo Junior high in long island. He thinks his teacher Mrs. Baker is out to get him because every wednesday he has to stay with his teacher the whole afternoon while everybody is gone. She makes him read shakespeare outside of class. When holling tries to address it to his parents they do not believe. His mom does not believe holling because she said “she hardly knows you”(6). On the other hand his dad wants him to be on his best behavior in front of her, even if she is out to get him. He wants him to be on his best behavior is because the teacher's family owns a sporting store that needs to be remodeled. The HoodHoods own a architect company
“I did what I had become best at doing: I tended to my work, even while my dying professor waited on his front lawn. I am not proud of this, but that is what I did” (Mitch 27).
Adversity is described by Dictionary.com as “adverse or unfavorable fortune or fate; a condition marked by a misfortune, calamity, or distress.” Adversity can happen everywhere among us and can take the chance to hit us when we are having a good day. In the books Tuesdays with Morrie and Night, adversity hits these characters hard. In Tuesdays with Morrie, the author Mitch Albom writes about his experience with his beloved college professor, Morrie Schwartz, and Morrie’s battles with a disease called ALS. In Night, the author and the main character, Elie Wiesel, goes through adversity as well at a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Handling the adversity is rather difficult, especially when we want to give up after we are hit with a traumatic blow. However, these characters in these two completely different books, show that adversity cannot bring them down.
A leader, the utmost title one could receive. Weather it be The President of The United States or the team captain, leaders establish a sense of unity among others which strengthen the group as a whole. During times of desperation, leaders are the compass which usher others towards safety and prosperity. Alas Babylon by Pat Frank , the first apocalyptic novel of the nuclear age, describes the effects of the nuclear attack had on society. After “The Day” the social, political, and economic infrastructure of Fort Repose dimension, causing chaos to abrupt. Randy Bragg has a military background and he has copious knowledge on how to survive, and how to lead others. Randy Bragg uses his ability as a leader to establish the artisanal water system
However, Morrie’s demeanor gave him the façade of a man whom thoroughly engulfed life. Morrie’s philosophy of living seemed to be that life should be lived and not squandered on menial things such as obsessive or unfulfilling work and the love of monetary or material gains. Morrie defined these things as products of the “popular culture.” Morrie reiterated that “popular culture values” taught the person to become independent of those things that kept a person psychologically healthy and emotionally happy. Mitch begins to script Morrie’s life by