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Tuesdays with Morrie: a Critical Analysis Essay

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Tuesdays with Morrie
Critical Analysis Essay

In an effort to share the “last class” he had with his college sociology professor, Mitch Album wrote, “Tuesdays with Morrie.” This moving account of the life lessons that Morrie taught him is a beautiful tribute to a man whose compassion and love for humanity made him a favorite among those who knew him. Though stricken with the debilitating disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and knowing death was swiftly approaching Morrie continued to help others until his body no longer allowed him to do so. Album uses time sequence, characterization and point of view to chronicle the experiences he had and the lessons he learned while visiting with his friend every Tuesday during that
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It makes no difference. The discussions give me an excuse to talk to him, fatherly conversations I cannot have with my own father, who would like me to be a lawyer” (Album 47).
Album’s use of time sequence gives readers a look into the development of his early friendship with Morrie. Additionally it illustrates his own personal development and the changes he went through from a young college student to a near middle-aged man. Written as though he is having a personal conversation with the reader Album makes quick emotional connections with admirers of this book. He accomplishes this by writing primarily from the first person point of view. By doing this he openly shows his thoughts and feelings as he learns from Morrie’s wisdom while at the same time witnessing the changes in his mentor’s body as he moves closer to death. “I did this mostly because I didn’t want him to see my eyes, to know what I was thinking, that I had been, for much of my life since graduation, pursuing these very things he had been railing against – bigger toys, nicer house”(Album 127). When he describes Morrie’s childhood memories however, he uses the third person point of view. “He did this to keep her memory alive. Incredibly, Morrie had been told by his father never to talk about her. It was a terrible burden to Morrie.
For years, the only evidence Morrie had of
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