"Tuesdays with Morrie" text overview

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Tuesdays with Morrie, an expository text written by Mitch Albom communicates ideas about our society and contradicting views. Mitch Albom writes about his professor and friend - Morrie Schwartz, who is suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Morrie's values are quite different from the widely held values of popular culture. Tuesdays with Morrie featured many issues some that were also featured in the biographical narratives 'Out of the Blue,' by Bethany Hamilton, 'Funny Girl,' by Meg Grant and 'In Sickness In Health,' by Shari Lacy found in the Readers Digest. All of these texts communicate different ideas about society. Throughout this essay I will be dealing with issues such as love and family, money and appreciation. I will be discussing the impact the texts had on me and why as well as their purpose in society.

Tuesdays with Morrie takes readers on a journey with both Mitch Albom and Morrie.

This journey entails many of the questions we wonder when death arrives on the doorstep. Mitch Albom is an ex-student of Morrie's who decides to visit after seeing Morrie on nightline. As Albom and Morrie meet, Tuesday after Tuesday, Morrie's body begins to decay until he even finds it too difficult to speak. Issues that Albom and Morrie deal with throughout the text include the world, family, feeling sorry for yourself, regrets, death, money, emotions, love and forgiveness.

Family: Parents and children, sometimes including grandparents and other relations.

Love: A great liking or affection.

Commitment: An engagement or obligation, a pledge or promise, dedication and loyalty.

In our society money is considered a big thing - career, status, beauty, education and income are all fairly "important" issues according to popular culture. However in the text, Tuesdays with Morrie, Morrie's ideas contradict popular cultures views, particularly on money and...