Comparison: Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom & King Lear, by William Shakespeare

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Sogyal Rinpoche stated “When you start preparing for death you soon realize that you must look into your life now...and come to face the truth of yourself. Death is like a mirror in which the true meaning of life is reflected.” Death is imminent. Many people today fear death for various reasons. Some people are able to accept it, where others deny its existence. Some people spend their lives working towards the coming of their death, and their life thereafter, where others spend there lives doing everything they possibly can to make the most of their time on earth. In Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom, the lead character Morrie Schwartz was diagnosed with the fatal disease Lou Gerrig’s Disease, also know as ALS. Although many people …show more content…
Morrie chose to live everyday as if it was his last, because in reality any day could have been. Morrie stated “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” (82) This statement reveals his outlook about his final days on earth. Morrie decided to become more involved in his life, once he accepted the fact he was going to die. Morrie took a good look at his life and determined what was truly important to him. Morrie chose to not waste his final days fearing the inevitable, he wanted to spend time making the most of it. Morrie also stated “Lear to forgive yourself and to forgive others.” Morrie wanted no regrets. He wanted to correct the wrongdoings of his past. Morrie learned to forgive others, and more importantly himself. He was able to free his conscience allowing him to live more fulfilling final days. Morrie did everything he could to make the most of his last days. He spent his hours teaching his friends and family about life's important lessons. Morrie said “Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best of my time left?” Morrie spent the last year of his life with people he loved. Even in his weakest moments he wanted to be surrounded with love and affection. Morrie realized his death was inevitable, and did not wallow in self-pity. Unlike King Lear, Morrie truly lived a life of no regret, and did not isolate himself from those who loved and cared for him.

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