The Tuesdays With Morrie And King Lear

2092 Words Apr 21st, 2015 9 Pages
It takes countless decades and mistakes to acquire enough experience, knowledge, and good judgement to be considered a wise individual – a person everyone looks up to, and asks for advice. Wisdom is understanding and seeing the truth in life. It is the capability to recognize the aspects of life that are truly important and distinguishing them from the aspects that are essentially useless. Many authors incorporate one or more characters within their novels that possess the characteristics of a wise individual. In both Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and King Lear by William Shakespeare, the protagonists Morrie and Lear are able to acquire wisdom after undergoing hardships and tribulations. Morrie is undeniably wiser than Lear as shown through his view of society, family, and his philosophies revolving around forgiveness and suffering. By analyzing the two characters, it is evident that Morrie is wiser than King Lear in terms of his concern for society as a whole and his ability to adhere to his own self-created culture. Morrie expresses his concern for society through his Nightline interviews with Ted Koppel where he gets the chance to reach out to millions. Toward the end of Morrie’s interview, he is asked to share his final thoughts on society, “Be compassionate . . . and take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much a better place” (Albom 163). Here, Morrie emphasizes the idea that taking good care of each other is…
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