Facing Death in Tuesdays with Morrie, the author, Mitch Albom

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Through society as a civilization we are constantly being reminded of death. In Tuesdays with Morrie, the author, Mitch Albom, conveys the story of his professor, Morrie Schwartz, whom is dealing with a life threatening disease. In his life Mitch is so caught up materialistic possessions that he begins to lose focus on the true meaning in life. After this realization Mitch comes in contact with Morrie and writes down on a piece of paper a list, “death, fear, aging, greed, marriage, family, society, forgiveness, and a meaningful life.”(66) This list signifies different life lessons that Mitch knew of, but seemed to have forgotten. The first lesson on the list was death. Through society, as a civilization, we are constantly being reminded of death. With these constant reminders we have had to understand that death is a natural occurrence, but have we actually ever come to terms with the concept of death? Morrie, society, and my own outlook on the concept of death all have different features that together could form a better understanding of death. When symptoms arose and a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ASL) was given, Morrie had basically accepted that his fate was going to indeed result in death. He was an extremely philosophical character that spoke with words of meaning, whether you noticed it or not to, almost like every sentence or phrase he said were carefully thought through. Morrie said, “It’s not contagious, you know. Death is as natural as life.

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