Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What are the shortcomings and why?


What is praiseworthy about this book?


Main idea of the book

     The main idea of the book is about Mitch Albom, who after seeing his professor on tv, goes back to reestablish the friendship they created in college. Since his years in school, Mitch slowly turned away from his family and put too much emphasis on his job. He lost many of his moral values that were taught and discussed with his professor Morrie in college.
     After seeing Morrie being interviewed for a news program, Mitch goes back to visit him only to learn that he is quickly dying. Mitch decides to spend every Tuesday with Morrie to just talk about life, similar to how they did back when Mitch was in school. Morrie teaches him main life lessons and refocuses his attention on family and love.
     The story that Mitch tells to his audience teaches to never let yourself get away from what is really important in life; family. Not only biological family, but friends or even teachers that you have made in your lifetime.

3 major incidents in the book

1. Mitch meets Morrie in his college class. - Mitch first meets Morrie when he is a young man first starting college. He decides to take many classes that Morrie teaches and they become very good friends, often meeting on Tuesdays to discuss many different topics.

2. Morrie appears on television. - This is a very important event because without Morrie being on tv, Mitch would've never returned to Morrie to visit. After this moment, Mitch decided to visit Morrie every week because he was dying. This event was the beginning of Mitch changing his life.

3. Morrie's death. -  Even though the reader knows from the beginning that Morrie is going to die, it is still a vital part of the book. The entire story leads up to this point, near the end, and when it happens Mitch can finally deal with Morrie's death and take everything he learned from him to use in his life.

Which element is most important to the book?

     The most important element in the book is the dialogue between Mitch and Morrie. The advice that Morrie tells Mitch is the part of the book that sticks with the reader. Many of his quotes on how to live life and not take anything for granted are pieces of information that any reader can somehow relate to.
     Morrie's little aphorisms give the audience something to connect to and make the story universal to all readers. Without his direct quotes, the audience would not reach the same emotional level that the story is so famous for.

Comparison of "Tuesdays With Morrie" and "A Child Called It."

    Comparing "Tuesdays With Morrie" and "A Child Called It" first seemed like a hard challenge to me. One is about the loving relationship between a professor and his student, while the other is a story of abuse between a mother and her son. The stories seem to be about complete opposites. However, after more thought I realized that the books have one big similarity. Both discuss the stories of how one person made a lifetime's impact on the main characters life.
    Mitch Albom wrote in his book about how Morrie, his old college professor taught him how to live life to the fullest and never forget what matters the most, family and love. Dave Peltzer describes in his story, how is mother abused him as a child and it left him scarred for life. In a way, his story teaches the readers the same concept. Family and love comes first in life, and although it is hard to remember sometimes, one cannot take their life for granted. Peltzer demonstrates his life and how he learned to live by what his mother did not do, and Albom describes how he learned to live his life by what his professor did do.

What mood is given off in "Tuesdays With Morrie"?

     While reading "Tuesdays With Morrie," I felt a sentimental mood. Morrie teaches Mitch many valuable life lessons and they reflect back on experiences they shared together. Reading about their moments together makes the reader think about certain memories tied to the book. Morrie's lessons help the reader to relate them back to their own life and try to apply them to their futures.  

How do I perceive Mitch Albom?

         Based on his novel, Mitch Albom is a very dynamic person. He lived most of his life trying to become as successful as possible, and he didn't worry much about how he lived his life and the people in it. After spending his days with Morrie, his dying professor, Mitch drastically changed his lifestyle by becoming more of a "live-in-the-moment" person and he tried to better appreciate everything he had.
      I perceive him as being a person who wants to live life to the fullest, and is very thankful for the people he has had in his life to make him realize this, and to share his life with.  

Why did Mitch Albom write "Tuesdays With Morrie?"

      Based on the content that Mitch included in his story, I believe he wrote "Tuesdays With Morrie" to help readers appreciate life more. He often mentioned how oblivious he was before finding out that his old professor was dying. He would refer back to times in his life when maybe he didn't make the best decision or didn't seem to care as much about other people in his life. This story discusses some of life's unknown questions and how to best answer them. Mitch explains to all of his readers that the advice that Morrie gave to him was something worth knowing for everyone. He wrote "Tuesdays With Morrie" to teach everyone else everything that Morrie taught him, that too often people live their lives without appreciating what they really have.