Tuesdays with Morrie Essay

1074 Words Sep 18th, 2013 5 Pages
“It is through literature that we learn about life. Through literature we profit from the experiences of others, comparing them with our own.” - Bob Cameron

The essay question: Using reader-response theory and the quote by Bob Cameron, discuss how effectively Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie, uses plot and story, character development, point of view, theme, and symbols to convey his mesage. Include your personal thoughts and views, as well as textual references, to support your opinions.

In Mitch Albom’s Tuesday’s with Morrie, Albom detailed his personal experiences with his professor Morrie Schwartz. Mitch also expressed how influential Morrie was to his friends, relatives, patients, and coworkers. Within this essay,
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Within the memoir, Morrie and Mitch were the main rounded characters, while a flat character was any character other than Mitch and Morrie such as their friends, family, and coworkers. If the author could have developed some of the flat characters the reader would have profited from their experiences. Of the flat characters, Morrie’s family required the greatest need for the development from flat to round since they spent the most time with Morrie and were most likely suffering from more emotional pain than Mitch. However, considering Cameron’s quote, if the flat characters were to even be developed, then that may have taken away from the underlying plot, theme, or even Morrie and Mitch’s relationship.

The point of view was exclusively presented through Mitch. Mitch had the ability to communicate Morrie’s perception, how Mitch described himself, and how Mitch compared himself before and after Morrie’s death. Mitch described Morrie’s personality and how he had felt about things by describing most of his earlier experiences with Morrie and by describing his personality after Morrie had been diagnosed with ALS. Throughout the memoir, Mitch characterized his personality as being a person who “never [cried]” (51), “traded lots of dreams for a bigger paycheck, and… never… realized
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