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Tuesday with Morrie

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Tuesday with Morrie Resume Mitch is a sport-journalist always living between two phone calls. Ambitious and thus fully invested into his career, he merely has time to concede to his wife or to himself. His compulsion for work derives from his fear of death. His uncle, one of the persons he loved the most, died of a cancer. His younger brother David also struggles against the same disease. One day, he recognizes on a television show Morrie, the professor with whom he used to be close acquainted with when student, dying of a fatal disease in terminal stage. After sixteen years he made the promise of keeping in touch with him, he decides to visit his mentor, the result of which is their cooperation in a project whose objective is a book treating about the meaning of life from the view point of a dying person. Every Tuesday, Mitch and Morrie share their reflections about the world, love, work, marriage, envy, children, forgiveness, community and aging...etc. But along the successive sessions, Mitch witnesses the weekly progression of his mentor's disease paralyzing all organs from the bottom to the top. ...read more.


It is only through that way that he is able to discharge the stress and fear coming from life-threatening experiences. He does not want to die feeling upset, and in these frightening moments, detachment allow him to accept the impermanence of his life and to embrace death, which he knows may come at any moment. When Morrie quotes Auden's verse "love or perish", he expresses the idea that in the absence of love, life is devoid of happiness. When there is love, thus when one is affectively attached to others, a person can experience higher sense of fulfillment. For Morrie, love is the essence of every person and to live without it is to live with nothing. It is clear that it is particularly important for him as he approaches his final days. Without the loving care of those he loves, he would perish. Morrie clings to life not because he is afraid of dying but because he wants to share his experience of progressive death with others so that they can release their anxiety toward it. ...read more.


His loving attitude seems to derive solely on the individualistic need of believing in the good of himself before dying, and of easing his anxiety of death by receiving love from others. It is usually observed that no true altruistic behavior exists without a deeper motive gratifying the self. For instance, there are uncountable cases of people beginning to support certain causes because their children or themselves are directly suffering from a situation deprived of this cause. For Mitch, we observe that his interest for Morrie is activated from the moment he questions the value of his work, and also from the time he longs for his brother who is similarly threatened by death. Thus, to Mitch, Morrie was possibly a mere substitute upon whom he could express his care, and discharge partly his guilt of not having cared of his brother before. Also, the prospect of making money by selling the book, knowing that Morrie's notoriety was at its highest, may have motivated both characters to continue their Tuesday's session. In other words, human nature seems to be exclusively driven by selfish interest, and only the union of interests can produce affective tie between two persons. ...read more.

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