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Tyler Fujiwara September 4, 2002 Pd. 4/English Theme connection In life, we must all ask the question as to whether or not we have love in our lives. It is of great importance that we analyze the way we live and determine if love is ubiquitous within us. Throughout the stories of Tuesday's with Morrie and A child called it, we are given a thematic concept that true happiness is only attained through the love and caring of others, as well as that of yourself. This connecting theme from both novels is exemplified through Morrie's teachings and relationships, Dave's abusive and torturing home-life, and Mitch's lessons on how to find and hone the value of love. First, I will expand on how Morrie's love is expressed and gained through significant life lessons and his emotional relationships with his friends and family. Morrie Schwartz was a fun-loving old man, who in Tuesday's with Morrie, seemed to be just 10 years old. His love for dancing made him the jubilant character he was portrayed to be. In the story, love seemed to be an underlying concept that was recurrent in many of his teachings to Mitch. ...read more.


Dave's situation was a horrible life to deal with in the sense that he had no one for moral or emotional support. He says, "I had no one to talk to or play with. I felt all alone." He could not count on any family members or peers to get him through this ordeal. His isolation from society was a big part of the problem that added to his sadness. In one instance, Dave came home and tried to show his mom the good grade he got on a paper. Rather than experiencing any form of love from his mom, he instead was verbally abused. This shows how Dave is desperately eager for love and compassion from his mother. But no matter what he does, he will never attain any adoration from her. Another degrading incident in the book was when Dave was stabbed by his mother. He tried to go to his father for support and love, but only got the cold shoulder. I interpret this case as a form of neglect. Although being neglected does not involve any physical damage, some people feel that neglect is far worse than any other type of abuse. ...read more.


Mitch's first encounter with his changing ways was brought about through the physical affection he showed towards Morrie. "I leaned over to give him a hug. And then, although it is not really like me, I kissed him on the cheek." These emotions that he shared with Morrie is the first steps in which his life becomes more meaningful and consumed with love. Ironically, Mitch's new life takes a greater course at the end of the book, when he sheds his first tear. Once he allows himself to express love to others, he can finally live a life of true happiness. As you can see, both books shared a common thematic reference that is an important life lesson. The way we observe how Morrie gains happiness in life at his ill old age is inspiring. The way we understand how love can sometimes be deprived from us, like in Dave Pelzer's case, is enlightening. And the manner in which we learn how to change our lifestyles to find happiness like Mitch has done, is all but surreal. Our society is filled with many barriers, but the key is to find our path in life and keep moving to hold on to the love and companionship from our friends, family, as well as ourselves. ...read more.

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